Advisor Connection Program

Connect with LGBTQ Knowledgeable Academic Advisors – Now!

The LGBTQA Advising and Advocacy Community invites you to participate in the Advisor Connection program.  The Advisor Connection is a link to supportive, collaborative, experienced advisors who will help guide you through LGBTQA-related questions as an advisor.

Contact us for any questions you may have, such as:

  • I want to start an LGBTQA club or alliance on campus. Where do I start?
  • How can I help all students feel more welcome on our campus?
  • I have a student who just came out to me, what do I do?
  • I identify as LGBTQ, and I sometimes encounter students and other staff who make negative or insensitive comments about that. How do I address this in a constructive way?
  • I have a student who has come out to me as transgender-what pronouns do I use when writing documentation?

If you have a question or concern, please scroll through the following list of Advisors.  These advisors have volunteered to help other colleagues because of their experiences, research and areas of knowledge.  Each of the advisors are here to help you.

For more information, or if you are interested in being an Advisor Connection volunteer, please contact:

Gerda Zinner
LGBTQA Advising & Advocacy Community
Office Phone Number: 423-425-4389

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Amy Brock

Amy Brock is the Director of Advising for the College of Agriculture at Auburn University (Auburn, AL). For the last ten years, Amy has been working as an advocate and ally for LGBTQA students. She has provided staff and faculty SafeZone/Ally training to her colleagues and orientation leaders at her previous institution. She focuses on social justice initiatives and seeks to create equity on her campus.

Amy has been a NACADA member since 2012. In 2016, she became was selected as an Emerging Leader in the NACADA ELP program. She will complete the program in October 2018. Also, in October 2018 Amy will become chair for the LGBTQA Advising and Advocacy Community.

Amy is a native of Missouri and Tennessee. She currently resides in Auburn, AL with her partner and their dog, Felix. She received her B.S. in History from Tennessee Wesleyan University and her M.A. in History from Western Kentucky University. Her Master's work focused on Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist history.

Amy's LGBTQA Areas of Interest and Knowledge:

To Connect with Amy:
Phone: 334-844-3202    

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 Jennifer Joslin

Dr. Jennifer Joslin was appointed the Associate Director for Content Development of the National Academic Advising Association in September 2013. Prior to this she served as the Director of the Office of Academic Advising at the University of Oregon and as the Senior Associate Director for Training and Development at the University of Iowa. Jennifer is a Past President of NACADA and former Board and Council member. From 2007-2008, Jennifer was the NACADA LGBTQA Advising and Advocacy Commission Chair.  Jennifer is co-author, with Pat Folsom and Frank Yoder, of the forthcoming (2015) book, The New Academic Advisor Guidebook: Creating a Foundation for Success, and with Dr. Nancy Markee, of the 2011 book, Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century. Jennifer has presented at regional and national advising conferences, consulted at institutions in the United States and Australia, and presented three national webinars for NACADA on the topics of social media, LGBTQA issues, and advising administration. She has written for the NACADA Journal and several NACADA monographs including Advisor Training (NACADA Monograph #9); Advising Special Populations (#17); The New Advisor Guidebook (#16); and Comprehensive Advisor Training and Development (#21 ). In addition, she has served on the Content Review Boards for the Academic Advising Handbook, 2nd Edition; Academic Advising Today; Special Populations Monograph; and Foundations of Academic Advising CD 3: Understanding Cultural Identity and Worldview Development.

Jennifer currently teaches graduate courses in the College of Education in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. A native Californian, Jennifer received her PhD from the University of Iowa in 2002. She is also a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Jennifer's LGBTQ Areas of Interest and Knowledge:

  • LGBTQQIA and Ally "awareness" or "101" presentations
  • Safe Zone programming
  • Development of LGBTQQIA programs or units on college campuses
  • Establishing LGBTQQIA staff and faculty associations
To Connect with Jennifer:
Phone: 785-532-7836
Twitter: @jenniferjoslin
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Brett McFarlane

Brett McFarlane serves as the Executive Director of Academic Advising at UC Davis where he oversees campus-wide advising initiatives, advising assessment, advising training and professional development, advising technology, and collaborative programming between academic and student affairs serving approximately 30,000 undergraduates. Prior to UC Davis, Brett served as Director of Undergraduate Programs for the College of Engineering at Oregon State University and Director of Student Services for the School of Business at Portland State University. He is an active leader in NACADA, the global community for academic advising, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Brett holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Oregon, an MS in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, both from Portland State University.

Brett's LGBTQ Areas of Interest and Knowledge

  • Administering Student Groups
  • LGBT Students in STEM Majors
  • Career Advising

To Connect with Brett:
 Phone: (530) 754-6279

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Casey Self

Casey is Executive Director for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. Casey's current responsibilities at ASU include general supervision and oversight of academic advising centers and residential communities on three ASU ground campuses and ASU Online, serving approximately 1500 exploratory/undeclared students, and approximately 5500 interdisciplinary studies, liberal studies, and general studies majors. Casey served as an academic advisor at ASU from 1994-1996 prior to becoming primarily involved in 
academic advising administration and supervision. Previous to academic advising, Casey has experience in residence hall administration and student leadership development.

Casey became a NACADA member in 1994. In 2000 he was elected to the LGBTA Concerns Commission chair. Casey was then elected to become the first Commission and Interest Group Division Representative through October 2005 while also serving on the NACADA Council. He has served on the Summer Institute planning committee and as a faculty member at previous Summer Institutes. He has been involved in NACADA Diversity Committee efforts and has served as chair for the NACADA Membership Committee. Casey was elected to the NACADA Board of Directors for the 2006-2009 term, and while on the board served as Vice President for 2007-2008, and the NACADA President for the 2008-2009 term. Casey has presented at numerous NACADA national and regional conferences and also authored chapters addressing LGBTQ Issues in the NACADA/FYE Monograph: Academic Advising: New Insights for Teaching and Learning in the First Year, and a chapter in the Academic Advising Handbook on Advising Delivery: Professional Advisors, Counselors, and Other Staff. Casey previously served as the chair for the Advising Administrators' Institute Advisory Board, and has served as an AI faculty member for several years.  Most recently, Casey served as the NACADA Sustainable Leadership Committee chair for three years, and continues to serve as a NACADA consultant. 
Casey is a Colorado native and earned his Bachelor's in Speech Communication at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1986, and then completed his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration at Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1990.

To connect with Casey:
Phone:  (602) 965-3255

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Mark Vegter

Assistant to the Chair for the Department of English at Illinois State University, Mark has been involved in Academic Advising for nearly 25 years.  He has worked in a variety of settings including: a University College Office, advising freshman, undeclared, and at risk students; as an English Department Advisor, with a caseload of 950 students all pursing varies careers in English Studies; and finally Assistant to the Chair for the Department of English.  In this role he oversees advising for the department and has a direct caseload of 300 majors.  He has been actively involved in leadership roles at Illinois State University, most notably as a two term Chair of the Academic Advisor Advisory Council, which speaks as the "voice" of advising on campus.  Under his leadership, the advisor organization developed its first ever campus wide advising mission and vision statements.  He also led the organization to become an affiliate of NACADA. 

He served as the advisor for ISU Pride, the LGBTQA student organization, for 8 years and is co-advisor for the university's first Frarority.  He is a founding member of ISU's Triangle Association, the LGBTQA faculty/staff organization and has been an officer for over 10 years.  He is a founding member of the Safe Zone Ally Program at ISU and helped the Safe Zone Steering Committee at Illinois Wesleyan develop their program.  He is also on the executive committee of the LGBTQ student support fund, which is for ISU students who get kicked out of their homes after coming out.  He has been actively involved in NACADA.  He is part of the Safe Zone Committee for the Commission for LGBTQA Advising and Advocacy.  He was Commission chair of the LGBTQA Advising and Advocacy Commission for the 2008 - 2010 term.  He also was the NACADA Region 5 Conference Chair in 2011 and Co-Conference Chair in 2017. He is currently on the NACADA Summer Institute Advisory Board as is the Region 5 Chair.  He has given over 25 presentations, won 7 advising related Institutional and National awards, and published in Academic Advising today.  Writing for the school newspaper, one of his students described him as "a force in the English Department."

To connect with Mark:
Phone: (309) 438-5783