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Out in the Workplace

March 27 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm MDT

What is it like to be an LGBTQ+ person in the workforce? Meet local LGBTQ+ professionals who are University of Utah alumni and hear from them about their experiences being out in the workplace. This will be a panel discussion and networking event for both U students and alums.

Attendees will understand how alumni have been able to move about a professional space while holding an LGBTQ+ identity. Learn about alumni perspectives on LGBTQ+ identity and how that plays into their academics and career paths. This event will be a great opportunity for students and alums to network and create professional connections.

If you are an alum interested in participating in alumni-to-student networking, please reach out to Ana Ascencio. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 22. This event is free, but registration is required.

Pride Week at the U 2023; Unstoppable

Pride Week at the U 2023: Unstoppable

This event is part of Pride Week at the U: March 27 – April 1, 2023.

Pride Week at the U is an annual event honoring LGBTQIA+ histories, cultures, and lives. Pride Week 2023 events will feature an exciting calendar of events prepared for our campus, including drag shows, markets, talent competitions, queer prom, and more.


portrait of Anna Christopherson

Anna Christopherson

PhD Graduate Student

Anna Christopherson (she/they) is a first year PhD student studying astroparticle physics with the Telescope Array Project. Anna strives to utilize her knowledge in chemistry and physics in my research of high-energy cosmic rays while continuing their undergraduate efforts in improving LGBTQ+ represented in STEM. Anna graduated from the University of Utah in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and an honors bachelor’s degree in physics. While in school, they participated in many projects and outreach events centered around the inclusivity and equity of the LGBTQ+ community in the STEM fields.

portrait of Sam Dutton

Sam Dutton

Data Analyst

Sam (he/him) is a PhD student in the Educational Psychology department and is a data analyst and researcher for the State of Utah working with public education data with the goal of improving transparency in education funding. Much of his research involves reading comprehension, stress and emotion, and understanding contributors to student outcomes. Sam is a queer, transgender man with a love of reading, running, and getting out into nature. He spends a lot of time involved with Salt Lake’s queer adult community doing recreational sports and other activities.

portrait of Fernando Herrera

Fernando Herrera

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Partner
Northrop Grumman

Fernando (he/him) has a passion for helping people so he naturally pursued a career in human resources where he can make an impact on the employee experience. He is currently a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Partner at Northrop Grumman working in the aerospace & defense industry. At his organization, he has supported efforts increasing LGBTQ+ education and has served as an Executive Sponsor for their LGBTQ+ employee resource group (PrIDA). He has six years of experience working in various HR functions for global companies and serves on the board of the LGBTQ+ Alumni Chapter. He was an honorary recipient of the Local Youth Hero Award from The Salt Lake County Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for his commitment to helping diverse communities. Fernando graduated from the University of Utah in 2017 with his B.S. in Business Administration.

portrait of Justin Kwong

Justin Kwong

Senior Product Designer
Charlie Health

Justin (he/him) is a UX designer at Charlie Health creating experiences to increase mental health outcomes for youth and young adults. Typically joining start-ups and early-stage companies as the first designer, his design philosophy to create thoughtfully conscious solutions for scale centers around people’s lived experiences, cultures, and identities that influence decision-making. Prior to Charlie, Justin worked in a variety of multi-disciplinary design capacities with mission-focused start-ups and non-profits including Project Contrast, Violet, Wesper, and Folx Health. Outside of his day-to-day, Justin mentors emerging designers trying to break into the industry, and building design communities as a board member of Queer Design Club and as President of AIGA Salt Lake City.

portrait of Tamara Young

Tamara Young

Adjunct Faculty
Salt Lake Community College

Tamara Young (they/them) is pursuing their Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Utah, in Physics Education Research, in particular, student resources when studying magnetism. Their Master’s degree is also from the University of Utah, and their research was in Computational Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics. They work as an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College, teaching general education astronomy and physics courses. Before returning to graduate school to complete their Ph.D., they worked as an academic advisor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah. Before this, they worked as a public school teacher, teaching science and math for grades 7-12 in rural, urban, and online environments. Tamara is very passionate about physics and education and student success. Tamara is married with an adult daughter, a teenager, a covid dog, and an elderly cat.

Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House – Dumke Reception Room

155 Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
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