LGBTQ Liaison Program

LGBTQ + Liaisons are staff and / or faculty members of Clemson University who serve as a link between their office and the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center. Liaisons are tasked with identifying and sharing LGBTQ + specific resources for students, staff, and faculty within their host office / department.

In addition, LGBTQ + Liaisons may be tasked with assisting LGBTQ + students with coordination of programs and supporting LGBTQ + students at Clemson University if called upon. 

If you are interested in becoming an LGBTQ + Liaison for your office or department, please contact Ciera Durden at

  • Clemson Home

    SuzanneDr. Suzanne Price
    Director of Residential Learning

    Suzanne has worked at Clemson University for over 20 years, but there is still more work to do! She is an advocate for inclusive excellence and wants every student at CU to thrive and reach their full potential.

  • College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanitites

    Connie-Robinson-3.jpgConnie Robinson
    Administrative Coordinator, Office of the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

    Connie Robinson is the Administrative Coordinator for The Office of the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Connie is also the Registration Coordinator for the PDBE Ph.D. program.  Along with the tasks Connie performs, she also manages the Lee Hall Buildings as the Building Security and Health Coordinator.  Connie manages many administrative duties throughout her day as well as addresses the concerns of students, staff and faculty members whether academic or personal.  One of Connie's greatest passions is to be accessible to others through positive feedback, empathy, and listening skills.  Connie is an animal-lover, nature-lover and community volunteer.

  • College of Science

    MariaMaria Petrakos, MNM
    Grants Coordinator, College of Science

    Maria has worked for Clemson since 2017 after a career in nonprofit sector in Central Florida. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, good food and spending time with family and friends.

  • Cooper Library

    MaggieMaggie Mason Smith
    Library Specialist in Resource Sharing

    Maggie households PASCAL Delivers and Scan & Deliver Services. PASCAL is a state-wide borrowing and lending consortium that offers faculty, staff, and students access to materials outside the Cooper's collection, while Scan & Deliver is an article and chapter scanning services for items located within the libraries. Outside of her day-to-day responsibilities in Cooper, she tries to stay involved in multicultural events around campus. Outside of work altogether, she reads a lot of young women, watches soccer and Marvel movies, looks at pictures of animals on the internet, and treats her cat like a baby.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services

    Birma-Gainor-03.jpgBirman Gainor, Ph.D.
    Assistant Director and Research Coordinator

    I’m a Clemson alum for undergrad and grad degrees, who has come back to the University to give back to a population and place I have always loved. My clinical focuses include alternative sexualities, relationships, maladaptive substance use, and geek culture.

  • English Department

    Luke-Chwala.JPGLuke Chwala, Ph.D.

    Luke Chwala is a lecturer of English in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities (CAAH) and a member of the LGBTQ community. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2017, and joined the Clemson faculty in Fall 2018. Aside from LGBTQ studies and queer theory, he also specializes in Gothic and speculative fiction, particularly of the Victorian era, postcolonial/decolonial studies, British Empire, race studies, and ecocriticism/environmental humanities. Increasing diversity and inclusivity through teaching and research is especially important to him as a member of the LGBTQ community at Clemson, and he is committed to acting as a resource for those in the community, their allies, and the university at large.

  • Financial Aid

    AmyAmy F. Burke
    Financial Counselor and Outreach Coordinator

    Originally hailing from Detroit, Amy earned her BS in Health and Wellness Promotion from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and her Master's in Counseling Education and Student Affairs at Clemson University. She is currently pursuing her PhD. She has worked as a Financial Aid Counselor and Outreach Coordinator. Amy finds passion in helping students and families work through both financial aid and financial literacy to improve access to higher education. She also volunteers on campus as an advisor for multiple student organizations and has a mildly alarming obsession with chucks.

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life

    Photo of TrishTrish Robinson
    Associate Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life

    Trish Works with the Cultural Based Fraternal Organizations in Fraternity and Sorority Life. Trish is serving on various committees and collaborating with other offices / departments. When she is not working, she likes to spend time with her dog Twinkle.

  • The Graduate School

    JillJill E. Bunch
    Director of Communications at the Graduate School

    Jill direct the internal and external communications at the Graduate School. She enjoys sewing, fixing mechanical stuff, and, frequently, she reads a lot.

  • Redfern Health Center, Student Health Services

    StephanieStephanie Bagwell
    Nursing Supervisor

    Stephanie has been a registered nurse for eight years and is honored to serve the students of Clemson University. Caring for others is part of who she is, and she really believes in a little kindness goes a long way. 

  • School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

    SeanDr. Keri Sather-Wagstaff

    Keri Sather-Wagstaff is a professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and the chair of the LGBTQ Commission. She received her PhD in mathematics from the University of Utah in 2000, and joined the Clemson faculty in Fall 2015. She spends her time on campus working with students, conducting research in algebra, and working to increase diversity and inclusivity at Clemson and in mathematics . She is committed to being a member of the LGBTQ community at Clemson and a resource for others in the community.