Staff


Molly Holmes

Molly Holmes

Director

Molly Holmes began as Director of the LGBT Resource Center in July of 2010. In August 2013, she became the Director of the LGBT & Women’s Resource Center, also overseeing the merger process of the separate areas toward a brand new combined Center. During her time at NIU she has enjoyed meeting and working with the amazing students, faculty and staff of campus and DeKalb area community. At NIU, she worked in Residential Life as Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, and continues to serve on the Presidential Commission for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

She received a B.S. in Health Education in 2001 and a M.S. in College Student Personnel in 2004, both from Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL). For three years, she worked at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she served on the GLBT Incidents Team and helped create facility and policy change for transgender students living on campus.

Her main role as Director of the LGBT & Women’s Resource Center is to support and advocate on behalf of the traditional populations of each center while expanding its reach and advocating for equity for all genders and sexual orientations. Further, she aims to bring exciting and innovative programming experiences to the campus community through encouraging student-led programming, leadership and ideas. She is committed to making the Center a place where everyone has an opportunity to share their story. I am always open to meeting students, faculty and staff. Please feel free to email me at mbholmes@niu.edu,call or stop by the Center!


PatriciaPatricia Liberty-Baczek

Resource Center Administrative Assistant

Patricia has been working for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center since 2005 and NIU since 1998.  She states: "I am proud to serve the NIU LGBT community.  I have been an Ally since 1999.  For me, being an Ally means speaking up when I encounter prejudice.  I make time to turn an encounter into an opportunity to educate those whose view of the world is less accepting than mine.  I cannot imagine life any other way."



SamanthaSamantha Newman

Graduate Assistant

Samantha is from Chicago, IL and attended Morgan Park High School and then completed her undergraduate career at Northern Illinois University where she majored in Psychology! Samantha is now continuing her educational path with pursuing her Master’s degree in Adult & Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. She is currently the LGBT graduate assistant and works with student volunteers and the Q-Connect program. She says, "I am an enthusiastic HUSKIE who enjoys meeting new people and working with students."



RomeoRomeo Jackson

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Romeo Jackson is a sophomore at NIU who is double majoring in Theatre Technology and Design and Community Leadership and Civic Engagement. He looking forward to helping the RC expand it reach and help the LGBTQA community on campus. He is also serves as a member of PCSOGI and is on the E-broad for (LGBTQA Student Group) Prism.



EmilyEmily Tudor

Student Worker

Emily Tudor is a Nutrition and Dietetics major who is in the process of changing to a Nursing major. At the LGBT Resource Center she does the behind the scenes work for Transitions and other projects for the center. She hopes to make the campus even friendlier to diverse gender and sexual identity students before she graduates.