How do I contact the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life?              

  • Email:
  • Phone:  612-625-0537
  • Main Office: 40 Appleby Hall
  • Additional Offices:  46/48/50/51 Appleby Hall

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Career Staff


Photo of Stef Wilenchek   Stef Wilenchek - Director

     Contact Information: Email -  |  Phone: 612-625-8519  |  Office: Appleby Hall 50

  • Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
  • Received their Master of Education degree from Kent State University & Bachelor of Science degree from Baldwin Wallace College
  • Previously served as Assistant Director of Gender and Sexual Orientation Initiatives at Hamline University and was Director of the GLBTQ Resource Center at the University of Colardo for 6 years.
  • Has over a decade of experience with college students on social justice issues, advocacy and support
  • Loves swimming, telling stories with their kiddo, playing musical instruments and dancing whenever possible.

The Director provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life operations including hiring, supervising, mentoring and evaluating staff, the strategic direction of programming and educational efforts and all aspects of fiscal management. 


  Frankie Jader - Project Coordinator

   Contact Information: Email -  |  Phone: 612-625-0537  |  Office: Appleby Hall 46

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Received her Bachelor's degree in Diversity Education and Identity Studies from Metropolitan State University
  • Boards: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection &  2016 BECAUSE Conference Co-chair
  • Active in the LGBTQIA Twin Cities Good Times Softball League (TCGSL)
  • Makes jewelry, crafts, and is obsessed with paranormal fiction novels!
The Project Coordinator acts as the first point of contact for the office. In addition, communications, marketing, administrative duties including budget management, space design, and student staff coordination are regular responsibilities. 


Student Staff


  James Schwartz - Outreach Coordinator

  • Pronouns: He/Him/His

  • This is my senior year and fourth year working at the Center! I serve as the Outreach Coordinator here at the GSC, so you may see me around campus (don't be afraid to say hello).  As a part of my duties and responsibilities at the Center, I work with the Sexuality and Gender Ambassadors, and help organize various outreach events. When I'm not working at the Center I am over on the St. Paul campus where I study Forest and Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Parks and Protected Areas Management.  This is a glorified way of saying that I really love the environment and being outside, hiking, visiting parks, biking, hiking, ect.  If you're another STEM queer/trans student, come stop by and chat with me!

  Saumya Arora - Student Education and Tongues Untied Coordinator

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • My name is Saumya Arora and I am a junior majoring in Psychology. Here at the GSC, I work with Tongues Untied, which is a group for queer people of color. In my free time, I love binge-watching movies and TV shows and finding hidden gems on Netflix. I also enjoy experimenting with makeup–I'm really into beauty techniques and bright colors are my favorite! I'm happy to be here and I can’t wait to make more memories during my time here. P.S. If I could be anything, I’d be a velociraptor.


  Peiying Shi - International Student Outreach Coordinator

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Hi I am Peiying! I am from China and a current master student at the U. I finished my undergraduate with psychology and sociology here and now major in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. I am working on International Student Outreach at our center. I am more a home person and enjoy cooking, reading, and watching documentaries about dogs and cats. Occasionally I will hang out to take photos of the city. Love the people here, love the gardens and lakes here, love everything and everyday here, except the half-year long winter.


  Sameera Akella - Assistant Project Coordinator

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • My name is Sameera Akella and I'm a junior majoring in Sociology here at the University of Minnesota. This is my third year working as the Assistant Project Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life! My job title is self explanatory, because I assist any sort of event and project planning, as well as any operational work. If I'm not working at the center, I love trying new food with friends, being outdoors, and listening to music. I enjoy getting to know new people, so feel free to stop by and chat with me! 



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