Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression (SOGIE) Programming works toward promoting James Madison University's commitment to diversity through education, support, advocacy and the fostering of equity for all students, inclusive of all sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. During this time that we are apart, we want to be sure you know of the resources available to you. 

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Assistant Director - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression
Jennifer Iwerks (she, her, hers)Assistant Director - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Education & Support
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Jennifer is a North Carolina native, where she attended North Carolina State University and Appalachian State University. Her master’s degree is in College Student Development, and she loves supporting underrepresented students and the opportunity to create a more inclusive campus climate. Jennifer also enjoys reading, running, hiking, yoga, paddle boarding, eating desserts, and finding new crafty art projects.

Graduate Assistant, Education and Outreach
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Cassidy is a second-year graduate student in the College Student Personnel Administration program (CSPA) at JMU. She completed her undergrad at Christopher Newport University (CNU) majoring in English and a double minoring in Leadership Studies and Communication Studies. Cassidy is coming from working with Residence Life as a Hall Director, and she is extremely excited about the jump to a new office and space. Cassidy is ready for the learning and growth that comes with a new opportunity and diversity work. She is passionate and ready to help advocate and support students, especially through such tough times. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, dedicating time to self-care and re-watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix. Her favorite things about Harrisonburg are the sunsets on the ISAT hill and hibachi from Sakura. 

Campus Outreach and Education Coordinator
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Vic is a Senior at JMU studying interdisciplinary religion with a concentration in Eastern religion and minoring in Women, Gender, Sexuality studies. They are passionate about mindfulness, social justice, mental health advocacy, and the environment. Vic really enjoys working with SOGIE as well as Mad4U, listening to podcasts, meditating, and going to Cardio Dance party at UREC. Their favorite place to be is outside in the sunshine. 

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