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Lowell Kane

Lowell Kane, MEd, Director

Schleman Hall of Student Services, Rm. 230 | Phone: 765-494-7779 | Email: Lowell@purdue.edu 

Lowell is the inaugural Director of Purdue's 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, Kane 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, Kane has consulted on projects for NASA's 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, Kane attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he received a bachelor's degree in anthropology. With academic interests that include prehistoric technology, symbology and gender, he participated in field research in the American Southwest, Polynesia and East Africa. Kane was a student leader, serving as president of the LGBT Alliance and as a key advisor on LGBTQ issues to campus administrators and faculty. Additionally, Kane was instrumental in developing new course offerings that focus 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, Kane 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, 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, Kane received an M.Ed. with a focus in multicultural education, particularly in the development of culturally responsive teaching practices for LGBTQ students. He is also the recipient of the Student Organization Advisor of the Year, Diversity Service and Distinction in the field of Student Affairs awards, as well as the prestigious Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award.

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

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Photo of Aiden Powell, smiling sitting on steps in a garden by Schleman Hall.

Aiden Powell, Assistant Director

Pronouns: He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs

Schleman Hall of Student Services, Rm. 230 | Phone: 765-494-7667 | Email: powell61@purdue.edu

Aiden is the Assistant Director of Purdue's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center. He has been involved with LGBTQ advocacy for more than ten years, with specializations in social justice-centered assessment, cultural competency trainings, and best practices for LGBTQIA-inclusive health care.

He is a proud alumnus of Texas A&M University, graduating with his bachelor's degree in history and anthropology in 2012. 

Powell collaborated with offices across campus to advocate for transgender-inclusive health insurance and to develop the Diversity in Gender and Sexuality Studies Learning Community. Powell is also a recipient of a Purdue doctoral fellowship, the Berenice A. Carroll Social Justice Award and the Purdue 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.

Kelsey Chapman

Kelsey Chapman, Program Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Schleman Hall of Student Services, Rm. 230 | Phone: 765-494-3676 | Email: chapma21@purdue.edu

Kelsey is the Program Coordinator of the Purdue University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center. She has over three years of experience in LGBTQ student affairs, with specializations in educational programming and international learning.

A Lafayette native, Kelsey attended Purdue University and received her B.A. in History in 2018. While a student at Purdue, Kelsey was the President of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power Purdue (ACT UP Purdue), the only recognized college chapter of ACT UP in the world, and was a student intern at the Purdue LGBTQ Center. She also co-facilitated the Sex, History, and the Cities study abroad program with Lowell Kane and Dr. Yvonne Pitts.

Beyond her professional interests, Kelsey enjoys traveling, video games, and spending time with her partner.