Hello all! My name is Danielle Steele, and I am the Interim Director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life, a department in the Division of Campus Life. As the Interim Director, I maintain and enhance educational, social, referral, and resource programs and support services for students regarding issues of sexual and gender identities. Although my tasks vary from day to day, some of my responsibilities include advising Emory Pride, assessing and maintaining the Emory Safe Space Program and its affiliated events, and hiring and supervising student staff (if you are looking for a job on campus, shoot me an email!). Plus, I assist in planning and coordinating special events such as our annual Pride Awards and Emory’s participation in Atlanta Pride. When not serving on committees or meeting with students, you can find me in my office with an open door. Come by and say hello!
When not at work at Emory, you can probably find me with my wife at our house in Decatur where I spend much of my time attempting, and sometimes succeeding at, home projects and gardening. On the weekends, we enjoy exploring all the area has to offer, from attending local festivals to hiking in state and national forests. We also like to get out of town to visit friends and family. Finally, I love coffee, so if you’re ever in need of a coffee break, I can usually find the time to join you.
Previous to my start at Emory in 2010, I worked as the Coordinator of GLBT Services at the University of Maine in Orono where I received my Master of Education in Student Development in Higher Education. Prior to my time in Maine, I earned my Bachelor in Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in my hometown of Knoxville. In addition to and as part of my work as Assistant Director in the Office of LGBT Life, I serve as the Regions Working Chair for for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.
Natalie is the Coordinator for Gender and Sexuality Programs in the Office of LGBT Life and Center for Women. As Coordinator, she works to provide support services to women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. She also develops strategies and programs to encourage students to explore their identities, engage difference, and pursue justice.