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About the LGBTQ & Ally Education Program

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Ally Education Program works toward promoting James Madison University's commitment to diversity through education, support, advocacy and the fostering of equity for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

540-568-5428 (LGBT) 

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Chris EhrhartChris Ehrhart, Assistant Director

Chris graduated from James Madison University with a B.A in Political Science. After graduation, he attended Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and studied peacebuilding, graduating with a M.A. in Conflict Transformation. During his time at EMU, Chris was active in creating and developing EMU’s first ever Safe Space, a student organization supporting LGBTQ+ identifying students. Over the course of his two years at EMU he led discussions on campus, as well as met with faculty and administrators of the university, to discuss how to be more inclusive and create a safer learning environment for students. Before joining the LGBT and Ally Education program Chris worked in the JMU Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, helping students address conflict they may be experiencing. In the summer of 2015, Chris became the first person to work full-time in LGBTQ and Ally Education.

Kim HallKim E. Hall, Graduate Assistant 

My name is Kim E. Hall and I'm a first year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I am delighted to be the graduate assistant to the LGBTQ & Ally Program this year. You can usually find me at my desk in the Grad Pad (located in The Well) or in line for decaf at Dunkin Donuts. If you have any questions about the work we do or the resources we offer, please feel free to email me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Shannon Garner, Student Event CoordinatorShannon Garner

Hi all, my name is Shannon Garner. I am a senior Communication Studies major with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. This is my third and final year with the program as I will be graduating in May. I am so excited to be working with everyone who comes in contact with the program! 

Shane Van Hoy, Student Volunteer and Library CoordinatorShane Van Hoy

My name is Shane Van Hoy. I'm a junior Communications major with a concentration in Advocacy and Justice Studies (focusing on justice in the global context).  I am receiving a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.