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Gender Justice House Staff

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Allison "Alli" Montaie, MSW

Gender Justice House Director | Assistant Director, GVSU Women's Center

Office Address: 1201 Kirkhof Center 
Phone: (616) 331- 2748
Email: montaiea@gvsu.edu

Alli Montaie is the Assistant Director of the GVSU Women's Center. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley in social welfare and her masters in social work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Alli coordinates the Women's Center's service learning initiatives, including Activate and partnering with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies on the South Africa Study Abroad trip. Alli coordinates the Niara Mentor Program for women of color. Alli also directs the Women's Leadership House and oversees outreach and communication at the Women's Center. Alli believes in the importance of storytelling and founded Dear Sis, a community that collects and shares letters of radical self-love for women of color by women of color and is currently working on a collection of poems and stories called Dear Sis: Notes of Resilience, Authenticity, Healing, Vulnerability, and Love.

 


 


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Ayana Weekley

Gender Justice House Faculty Fellow | Assistant Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Office Address:  215 Lake Ontario Hall
Phone: 616-331-8173
Email: weekleya@gvsu.edu

Dr. Ayana Weekley is an Assistant Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies program. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a doctorate in Feminist Studies in 2010. Dr. Weekley's areas of scholarly interest include: HIV/AIDS, black feminist theory, black queer studies, and the intersections of race, gender and sexualities. She previously served on the board of the Grand Rapids Red Project whose mission is improving health, preventing HIV, and reducing risk in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 


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Marilyn Preston

Gender Justice House Faculty Fellow | Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department

Office Address:  246 Lake Ontario Hall
Phone: 616-331-8149
Email: prestoma@gvsu.edu


 


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Chelsea Ortiz

Gender Justice House Intern | Senior, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major

Email: ortizch@gvsu.edu

Chelsea Ortiz is a senior from Temperance MI, and is obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in LGBTQ Studies. She looks forward to obtaining her masters degree in Student Affairs in a few years. Chelsea’s academic interests include: the intersections of race, gender and sexuality, queer theory, and media portrayal of gender and sexuality. When not on campus she is hanging out with her cat, pinning way to many things on Pinterest, or hanging out with friends and family.