This week, SURGE is highlighting the fearless work of Tiffany Lane, the new director of the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center on campus.

Although she is a new addition to the Gettysburg community, Tiffany has been working with issues of systemic injustice for much of her life. Her social justice journey began when she was an undergrad at Michigan State University (MSU), where she began to accept her identity as a queer woman. Tiffany was a student leader and activist at MSU and became so passionate about this work that she decided to make a career out of her activism. Tiffany went on to get her masters in social work from the University of Minnesota. Prior to arriving on our campus, Tiffany was the director of an LGBT center, the program coordinator of an LGBT school-based program, and a program coordinator at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Since coming to Gettysburg, Tiffany has been excited about the work that the College has already done to address issues of systemic injustice, like our gender neutral housing policy and the establishment of the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center. She wants to build on these achievements and increase awareness on campus about the Center. Tiffany would like students to know that she is here to advise and support them. She is particularly attuned to the concerns and needs of queer students of color on campus, since she identifies this way and can understand where they might be coming from.

Tiffany is also interested in creating an alumni network for students who identify as LGBTQ, so former and current students of Gettysburg College can connect with each other. She hopes to make Gettysburg a prime example of an inclusive environment by strengthening the resources for LGBTQ students on campus.

Tiffany’s goal through this journey is to empower people who may feel disempowered. She has landed her dream job, as a director of a Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center, here at Gettysburg College. Tiffany is already demonstrating what it means to be fearless on our campus, and we are excited to welcome her here.

Stop by the Women’s & LGBTQ Resource Center in Apple Hall to say hello!