Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center Staff

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Director - DL McKinney (they/them/theirs)

D.L. is a Detroit native turned GVSU “Laker for a Lifetime” Grand Rapids resident. With a work history that is everything but orthordox. D.L. boasts a hefty career in laboratory science, leadership, and social justice change. They have earned degrees in Business Administration Economics and a Masters in Public Administration and Health. They serve as support to QTPOC folks as a member of various West Michigan community committees focusing on wellness, homelessness, equity, and social change. D.L. continues to work from a lens of racial and social justice to support individuals and communities in building their capacity to challenge internal and external systems of oppression to create sustainable change. DL loves spending time with their semi-large family, and their favorite thing to do is ride their recumbent trike. Feel free to wave if you see them slowly stroll by!

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Assistant Director - D. Hollowell (they/them/theirs)

D. is dreaming of a better world where collective liberation is realized. A GVSU alum, and former student worker at the LGBT Resource Center, they are thrilled to be joining a dynamic team of thinkers, creatives, and fierce advocates. With a desire to amplify the voices of the marginalized, and dedication of translating theory into practice, they look forward to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community at GVSU, and all people seeking to live out their truths. They hope you know you matter.

Joey Hulst

Center Assistant - Joey Grubbs-Hulst (she/her/hers)

Joey is passionate about creating an equitable society for all LGBTQIA+ people. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sociology from Calvin University. Joey's career experience has been in Refugee and Immigrant Services, where she worked as a volunteer coordinator connecting community members with refugee youth as mentors and tutors. In her free time, you can catch Joey reading, hiking, or trying to (kindly) keep rabbits out of her vegetable garden.

You can reach Joey via email at [email protected].


Graduate Assistant - El (they/them/theirs)

El graduated from Grand Valley State University with their bachelor’s degree in social work and is currently pursuing their master’s degree in social work. Eventually, they hope to work in a Title IX office or resource center. They love ballroom dancing, roller skating, playing and listening to music, and surfing. Stop by to tell them your favorite Animal Crossing character!

Front Desk Student Workers


Celia (they/them/theirs)

Celia is a third year student at Grand Valley majoring in Social Work and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. In the future, they hope to work with foster care systems, incarcerated people, and queer youth. In between work, school, and hiding in the woods, they like to write poetry, read, and spend time with friends. They were recently featured in ‘Proud to Be- A Pride Poetry Collection’, published by Red Penguin Books. Celia also co-facilitates General Queer Alliance.

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Fin (they/he)

Fin is a senior double majoring in History and Accounting, and minoring in Political Science. Passionate about Star Trek, museums, and reading, Fin has recently been spending free time listening to audiobooks while crocheting. 


Joi (she/her/hers)

Joi is a senior who is currently majoring in Writing at GVSU. In her free time, Joi likes to watch anime, study fandom culture, and cook. She is passionate about intersectional advocacy and empowering other students to find their voice. Joi also co-facilitates Ace of Clubs and Colors of Pride, so feel free to ask her about them if you’re interested!


Lex (she/her/hers)

Lex is a senior double majoring in English/Education and minoring in Spanish. Fingers crossed, she'll eventually teach high-school English somewhere in the Midwest USA. Her hobbies include writing, reading, playing piano, and video games. She also loves natural history museums, zoos, and aquariums. She'll never turn down a conversation about etymology, cryptozoology, birds, or Avatar: The Last Airbender. She also co-facilitates Colors of Pride.


Rowan (they/them/theirs)

Rowan is a senior majoring in English Language and Literature. In their spare time, they like to read, bake, and find thrift stores to visit. They’re passionate about mental health, sexual health, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. 

Student Facilitators


Elena (any pronouns)

Elena is a co-facilitator of Ace of Clubs. She is a third year student majoring in Film and Video Production and minoring in Sociology. They enjoy drawing, crocheting, and making short films with their friends. 


Joshlyn (any pronouns)

Joshlyn is a fifth year GV student who is a co-facilitator for Neuroqueers. They are a double-major in psychology and WGS Studies with a theatre minor. In their spare time, they love cooking, biking, studying Japanese culture, and singing. Joshlyn is hoping to work with queer teenagers since they love inspiring students and making things better for their future.


Maverick (he/him/his)

Maverick is a sophomore facilitating First-year Queer Alliance and General Queer Alliance. He is majoring in cell biology and neuroscience with the goal of working with neurodegenerative diseases. In his free time he takes walks, plays video games, and plays trombone in the marching band.


Rory (he/him/his)

Rory is a junior student at Grand Valley who is majoring in anthropology. In his free time he likes to watch horror movies, read, and spend time with his pet rats. He is co-facilitating Bi-Furious and T2.


Sara (she/they)

Sara is a third-year student at Grand Valley who is so excited to co-facilitate Bi-Furious. She is majoring in elementary education and is looking forward to having her own classroom in the future. In her free time she loves to read, write, and put on one woman Broadway shows in her bedroom. 


S'Niyah (she/her/hers)

S’Niyah is a junior majoring in psychology who will be co-facilitating First-year Queer Alliance (FQA) and T2 this year. She enjoys traveling, photography, LGBT advocacy, talking about gay stuff, and building her city on Minecraft. She also loves bragging about having the gayest room on campus for 1 year! 

Page last modified September 19, 2023