Genny Beemyn, Director
Along with being the center director, Genny Beemyn is the coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse (www.campuspride.org/tpc) and the co-chair of International Pronouns Day (https://pronounsday.org). Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans college students, including writing some of the first articles on the topic. They have written or edited eleven books/journal issues, including A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014) and The Lives of Transgender People (Columbia University Press, 2011) with Sue Rankin. Genny’s most recent book is an anthology, Trans People in Higher Education (SUNY Press, 2019). They are currently writing Campus Queer: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ+ College Students with Mickey Eliason for Johns Hopkins University Press. Genny is also an editorial board member and trans manuscript reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, and the Journal of Homosexuality. They have a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.
Crystal Nieves, Assistant Director
Crystal is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a B.A. in Public Policy and Law concentrated in International Relations and Human Rights and a minor in Human Rights Studies. She is currently completing an M.A. in Public Policy Analysis at Trinity focused on LGBTQ Issues and Policy. Her academic interests and areas of research have focused on the experiences of LGBT life and policy across Latin America and Africa; the evolution of US LGBTQ rights, policy, and public opinion; and the role of the Supreme Court in matters of equity and access for civil rights. She is currently researching the evolution of Liberty as concept in the American mind and its application to minority rights and social justice movements in contrast to its utility in conservative ideology and politics.
She comes to the Stonewall Center following 5.5 years at the Central CT State University LGBT Center, and 9 years at the Trinity College Queer Resource Center where she ran the campus LGBTQ Centers and oversaw LGBTQ life initiatives, programming, and student development efforts. She is a member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBTQ Resource Professionals and has found a passion for LGBTQ and diversity student support services and advocacy. Though she landed here by accident, she has spent her professional life in this deeply fulfilling field of LGBTQ Student Services and found a career she loves.
In her work at CCSU she spearheaded the development of several institutional policies and programs for Trans inclusion, equity, and access that have now become standards across the CT State Universities and Community Colleges system. She has learned a lot from working closely with her students and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the LGBTQ+ community, developing student leadership opportunities, and building a sense of community and inclusion on her campuses.
Crystal LOOOOVES trees, mountains, and being in nature. (I will hug any tree, so long as there are no spiders.) In her spare time, you can find her hiking in local forests, biking the scenic trails of New England, kayaking, or relaxing with a good book and her terrier sidekick, Puffin. She looks forward to getting to know the UMass community and working with the Stonewall Center on LGBTQ and QTPOC initiatives.
Hillary Montague-Asp, Graduate Assistant
Hillary is a Doctoral student in the Social Justice Education Program, with her M.Ed. from UMass Amherst and her B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Hillary has done research on the campus climate for transgender college students in Colorado; a study resulting in extensive critiques of the It Gets Better Project; research about how queer-identified, woman-identified people embody their fatness; and is currently pursuing a project on how gender (both sexism and transgender oppression) are taught as a part of social justice curricula in university classrooms, with a particular focus on the intentional pedagogical and curricular choices made when the topic of gender oppression is co-taught by black men and white women.
As a loud and proud femme, Hillary has presented at local, statewide, and national conferences on body and fat positivity; misogyny in queer communities; oppression and privilege; and, race and racism in queer communities.
In her free time, Hillary loves talking about gender and queer theory, doing anything outdoors (hiking, skiing, napping), obsessing over her cat (Nola), watching any TV show featuring Gordon Ramsey, and creating music.