Reese joined the CGSE team as the Director after working as the Assistant Dean and LGBTQIA Advisor. Under the banner of Student Academic Success, he provided education, advising, and advocacy focused on gender and sexual diversity, developed the educational program of the Triangle House Living Learning Community, and led initiatives to increase the quality of matriculation for LGBTQIA students. As in his previous position, Reese continues to serve on the Dean-on-Call rotation, offering round-the-clock support for students in crisis.
Reese currently holds the position of Co-Chair of the Trans/Gender Variant Caucus of the National Women's Studies Association, and has recently published book chapters "Limiting Transgender Health: Administrative Violence and Microaggressions in Health Care Systems" in Health Care Disparities and the LGBT Population, co-authored with Sonny Nordmarken, and "Queer Theory" in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, Geisel '09. A queer-identified trans male, Reese holds a B.A. in Sociology from Colby College, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Albany, SUNY, a Certificate from the Management Development Program from the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, and was a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's Women's and Gender Studies Dissertation Fellowship, and the Middlebury College Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowships for his research that examines the ways in which social structures shape transgender identity narratives and the strategies that transgender people use to navigate gender-specific spaces and identity checkpoints.
Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Reese held faculty positions in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, and the University at Albany, SUNY. During his 7 years of teaching in higher education, he developed and taught courses on sex and gender, identity and inequality, trans/gender variance, sexuality and culture, sociological theory, feminist and queer theory, and feminist research methods, while also serving as resource on gender equity, transgender inclusion, and LGBTQ issues for his local community and various non-profit organizations.
Michelle joined the Center for Gender and Student Engagement in July 2013. Through her work for the CGSE, Michelle has overseen large-scale campus campaigns including the White Ribbon Campaign, V-Day Dartmouth, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and PRIDE. She provides individual student support, identity-based co-curricular education, and advises gender-related student organizations. Prior to joining the CGSE, Michelle served as the Community Director of the Russell Sage Cluster within the Office of Residential Life. During that time, she worked closely with the CGSE as co-advisor to the Gender Neutral Programming Floor. Michelle has been part of the Dartmouth community since 2011. Michelle holds a B.A. in Mass Communication and English with a concentration in Journalism and a M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. Her graduate work is in interpersonal communication with a research focus on mindfulness, appraisal, and attribution of responsibility within the comforting process.
Karen joined the CGSE in 2011, and now serves as Office Manager supporting the Director and Associate Director. she is responsible for oversight of the center, including reservations, managing budgets, coordinating and supporting programmatic events and is the scheduler for Cutter Shabazz Affinity House. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Karen spent 7 years at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, working as an Administrative Officer in the Children with Disabilities Team and before that for 13 years a Secretary for an engineering company, covering a wide range of administrative tasks. Karen enjoys working with students and providing a welcoming and inclusive space and is motivated by the daily challenges of the work.