LGBTQIAP+ Advocacy Board


LGBTQIAP+ Advocacy Board

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME)'s LGBTQIAP+ Advocacy Board (LAB) provides a space for LGBTQIAP+ advocates in the WPI community to join together to strategize and inform Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and ODIME programs and services to better serve our LGBTQIAP+ students.
Through recurring meetings, the LGBTQIAP+ Advocacy Board outlines current challenges, leads various initiatives, provides current knowledge, critical thinking, and analysis to institutional decision-makers.
If you have any questions regarding the LGBTQIAP+ Advocacy Board, or would like to learn more about our efforts please email
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-831-5796

LGBTQIAP+ Advocacy Board (LAB) Members

Shawn Copeland
Assistant Director of Residential Experience, Housing and Residential Experience Center

Pronouns: He/Him/His As the Assistant Director for Residential Education, I supervise and oversee all aspects of recruitment and training of the Community Directors and Resident Advisors. We work together to create a holistic co-curricular residential experience to develop a sense of community on campus. My goal as a professional is to provide students with an on-campus housing experience that will not only be memorable, but also help them to develop life skills that will benefit them beyond WPI.   Prior to coming to WPI, I worked at several other institutions across the East Coast. ...

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Lindsay Davis
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

I am a broadly trained interdisciplinary scholar of 19th and 20th American history and critical feminist studies. Along with Dr. Rebecca Moody, I serve as the co-founder and co-director of the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies (GSWS) program. My scholarly and pedagogical interests vary widely, ranging from reproductive justice to sexual harassment law to the intersection of feminist theory and STEM. In the classroom, I teach a variety of history courses on late 19th and 20th century American social, cultural, and legal history, including "Race, Gender, and the Law," "Introduction to US ...

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Elizabeth Dufresne
Strategic Collaborations & Web Communications Librarian, George C. Gordon Library

Phone: +1 (508) 8316523

Liz is a Special Projects Librarian working on initiatives in Sustainability Data and Scholarly Communication. In support of a special one-year collaborative project, Liz is conducting a self-study of WPI's contributions to and impact on UN SDGs. Liz also supports a pilot program to provide simple but effective library support to faculty in updating and adding information to their WPI faculty profiles. Check out our Sustainability eBook Collection: Mapped to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this collection enables students and researchers to ...

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Riky Hanlan
Associate Director Career Services Assessment and Inclusion, Career Development Center

Phone: +1 (508) 8315440 x5440

As Assistant Director, Career Services Marketing and Communication, Riky educates students and alumni on a wide range of career related topics through workshops, one-on-one appointments, and the development and creation of visual learning materials and activities. She also oversees student facing marketing and communication efforts, including graphic design and social media. Though Riky joined the Career Services team in 2016, she has been at WPI since 2010. Prior to her work in the Career Development Center, Riky served as Administrator of Theatre Technology and Instructor of Theatre in the ...

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Tony Laing
Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Talent & Inclusion

Dr. Tony Laing is a K-12 and higher education scholar-practitioner. He teaches and writes in the area of gender, sexuality and youth studies. Specifically, his scholarship and publications lie at the intersection of youth studies, gender studies (constructions of masculinities), single-gender schools, queer theory, and African American Studies. Dr. Laing serves as the Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging within Talent and Inclusion at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Previously, he served as K-12 Wayland METCO Director which provides educational ...

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Arnold Lane
Director of Multicultural Education & Community Engagement, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education

Arnold M. Lane, Jr. (he/him) serves as the Director for Multicultural Education and Community Engagement in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME). Within his role, Arnold leads and oversees all student diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) experiences, programs, services, trainings, and initiatives for WPI. Arnold and the ODIME team oversee and manage four student identity centers: OASIS Multicultural Center, Collegiate Religious Center, Center for Black Excellence, and Lavender Lounge which promote the office's various ...

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Rebecca Moody
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8316918

My research centers around religion in North Africa and the Middle East with a focus on Islam; I approach the study of Islam through its representation in visual culture. My first book project, an outgrowth of my dissertation, focuses on recent fiction film by Moroccan women filmmakers as oblique forms of resistance to dominant narratives about Muslim women. My research tends to be very interdisciplinary: I draw on religion, cultural studies, feminist theory, film theory and affect theory. I hope that, in doing so, I can help introduce diversity into conversations about Islam, particularly the ...

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Paige Wilkins
Head, Library Research & Instruction Services, George C. Gordon Library

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4958

 Paige provides leadership, mentoring, collaborative vision and strategic direction for the library’s core student and faculty instruction and research and project support services. She/her/hers.

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Anne Ogilvie
Director for Team Learning, The Global School

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4944

 Projects are the reason I came to WPI. As a longtime experiential educator and true believer in the transformational power of hands-on learning, I was eager to engage with faculty and students as part of WPI’s project-based curriculum. In my former role leading WPI’s Global Projects Program, I watched teams come together, start projects, learn new things and new ways of working together, travel to our project centers, sometimes have to change their approach, sometimes struggle, and almost always accomplish things they never thought possible at the start of the project.  As the ...

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Emily Perlow
Dean of Students, Dean of Students

Phone: +1 (508) 8315060

The holistic WPI experience, both inside and outside the classroom, is a phenomenal learning laboratory that can prepare students for their future lives as leaders and citizens. At WPI, students have the opportunity to take risks, try new skills and opportunities, and to learn from them. The spirit of collaboration, value for student input, and culture of innovation makes WPI a place where students can build meaningful relationships with students, faculty, and staff who share their passions and interests. I am committed to ensuring that students make meaning of their curricular and ...

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Ben Pollard
Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics

Dr. Pollard's research focuses on teaching and learning in physics laboratory courses. He is also involved in community building and organization to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in STEM, including as a core organizer in The Access Network. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Heather Lewandowski and the Physics Education Research group at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Elisabeth Stoddard
Associate Professor of Teaching, The Global School

Prof Stoddard is a human-environment geographer who is interested in the intersection of nature, society, and justice, particularly in the context of climate change. She looks at the ways in which we can design for climate resilience, in terms of infrastructure, location specific practices, and through community resilience. Stoddard also looks at the vulnerability and resilience of food systems to disasters (climate, disease outbreaks, etc.), and the impacts for humans, animals, and ecosystems. She looks at the ways in which technology, policies, and social movements ...

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Jill Westover
Resource Sharing Librarian, George C. Gordon Library

Jill is part of the Access Services and Outreach team. She is responsible for overseeing all operations of interlibrary loan and document delivery services. She also provides assistance to patrons and supervises student assistants at the Information Desk.

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