Lowell Kane, M.Ed., Director of LGBTQ Center

Lowell Kane, M.Ed.

Director

Schleman Hall of Student Services (SCHL),Room 230
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-7779
Email: kane14@purdue.edu

Lowell Kane is the inaugural Director of the Purdue University Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Center. He has been an advocate and leader in the LGBTQ community for more than a decade with specializations in educational programming, support services, fostering collaborative partnerships, establishing Safe Zone programs, facilitation/training, and leadership development. As an alumnus of the transformative Social Justice Training Institute, Lowell has dedicated his work to the pursuit of equity by identifying ways to improve campus climate and shape the educational experience to be more inclusive and welcoming of all students, including LGBTQ and Ally people. In addition to his work in higher education, he has consulted on projects for NASA Johnson Space Center, the RAND Corporation, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Fundamental Rights Committee of the Parliament of Nepal

A native New Yorker, Lowell Kane attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he received a B.A. Degree in Anthropology. With academic interests including prehistoric technology, symbology, and gender, he participated in field research in the American Southwest, Polynesia, and East Africa. Lowell was a student leader serving as President of the LGBT Alliance and a key advisor on LGBTQ issues to campus administrators and faculty. Additionally, Lowell was instrumental in developing new course offerings that focused on the history and culture of LGBTQ communities.

As a programming assistant in the Women’s and Gender Equity Resource Center at Texas A&M University, Lowell advanced LGBTQ campus awareness and resources. His efforts resulted in the establishment of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center in 2007 – the first stand-alone GLBT Resource Center at a public institution in the state of Texas. As the founding Program Coordinator of the Texas A&M GLBT Resource Center, Lowell Kane focused on three key initiatives: education, outreach, and support. In this role, he also served as the South-Central Regional Representative to the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and presented at state and national conferences. While at Texas A&M University, Lowell received a M.Ed. with a focus in Multicultural Education, particularly developing culturally responsive teaching practices for LGBTQ students. He is also the recipient of awards for Student Organization Advisor of the Year, Diversity Service, Distinction in the field of Student Affairs, and the prestigious Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award.

Beyond his professional interests, Lowell enjoys participation in community organizations, traveling, theatre, art, reading, movies, attending auctions, and being outdoors with his amazing dog.

 

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Aiden Powell, Program Coordinator

Aiden Powell

Program Coordinator

Schleman Hall of Student Services (SCHL),Room 230
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-7667
Email: powell61@purdue.edu

Aiden Powell is the Program Coordinator of the Purdue University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center. He has been involved with LGBTQ advocacy for more than seven years, with specializations in cultural competency and health care for LGBTQ students.

Aiden attended Texas A&M University and received his B.A. in History and Anthropology in 2012. He is currently completing his M.S. in Anthropology at Purdue University, writing his thesis on LGBTQ student health care. During his time as a student at Purdue University, Aiden collaborated with offices across campus to advocate for transgender-inclusive health insurance and to develop the Diversity in Gender and Sexuality Studies Learning Community. Aiden is also a recipient of the Purdue University Doctoral Fellowship, the Berenice A. Carroll Social Justice Award, and the Purdue University LGBTQ Center Service Award.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Aiden enjoys spending time with his partner and three dogs, working with community groups, and participating in outdoor activities like whitewater kayaking and camping.


Makeba Washington, Secretary of LGBTQ Center

Makeba Washington

Administrative Support

Schleman Hall of Student Services (SCHL),Room 230
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 496-2096
Email: washingm@purdue.edu

Makeba Washington joined the LGBTQ Center after serving as the Secretary for the Office of the Deans in the Purdue College of Pharmacy. With over ten years of experience in customer service and support in the fields of medicine, mental health and education, Makeba relocated to the Lafayette area from Gary, IN to take advantage of the great opportunity to join the Purdue University family. She is passionate about advocacy and equality and has volunteered her services for such organizations as the YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club of Indiana, as well as programs throughout Indiana and Illinois that provide counseling and mental health services to the homeless and needy population. Makeba enjoys quiet time with her family and watching documentaries. She is a Mother, singer, novice artist, and a published poet.

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