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The LGBTQIA+ Experience with Faculty and Staff

Macalester faculty and staff in the LGBTQIA+ community are here to guide your college journey, as well as nurture your sense of belonging. Here are some LGBTQIA+ community members whose experience and background gives them the perspective and tools to support students who share these identities.

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Faculty and Staff in the LGBTQIA+ community

Ariel James (she/her/hers)
  • Ariel James (she/her/hers)
  • Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Professor James is a cognitive psychologist. Her research is focused on individual differences in language processing. Her classes include Intro to Psychology, a seminar on intelligence, and the cognitive lab. She is from the Chicago suburbs. Her favorite things include her dog, knitting, trivia, and karaoke.
Devavani Chatterjea (she/they)
  • Devavani Chatterjea (she/they)
  • Professor, Biology and Neuroscience
  • Devavani is a biologist, and educator committed to immunology research, diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM/STEM education, and the improved health of individuals and communities endangered by structural inequities. She teaches courses in biology and public health that emphasize experimentation, writing, public communication of science, community partnerships in the US and abroad, and art/science/movement collaborations.
Joan Ostrove (she/her/hers)
  • Joan Ostrove (she/her/hers)
  • Professor, Psychology. Director, Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching
  • Professor Ostrove has been at Mac for about 20 years. She teaches in the psychology department about issues of gender, sexuality, disability, race, and class and is really interested in how people build alliances across differences of identity.
Joslenne Peña (she/her/hers)
  • Joslenne Peña (she/her/hers)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
  • Professor Peña is a computer science faculty member in the MSCS department at Macalester. Hailing from NYC, she is an Hispanic first-gen college graduate who identifies within the LGBTQIA community. She recently completed her doctorate at Penn State.
Karen Moberg (she/her/hers)
  • Karen Moberg (she/her/hers)
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletics
  • Karen works in the Athletic Department as an Athletic Trainer providing sports medicine services for Macalester varsity athletic programs. She is also the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Designee and a NCAA OneTeam program facilitator. Karen is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and works to promote diversity, equity and inclusion at Macalester.
Karin Aguilar-San Juan (she/they/siya)
  • Karin Aguilar-San Juan (she/they/siya)
  • Professor and Chair, American Studies
  • Karin is a second-generation Filipina American and now advises the Filipino/a Student Club at Mac. She practices martial arts (tai chi and kung fu) and loves Bruce Lee. She and her spouse (who identifies as she/her) live in St. Paul, where she is active in the BIPOC Buddhist community on social justice issues.
Katie Kollar (she/her/hers)
  • Katie Kollar (she/her/hers)
  • Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Athletics
  • Coach Kollar is in her second year as Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Prior to Macalester, the New York native has coached at institutions in Virginia, Massachusetts and New York. Coach identifies as cisgender, white, gay, female – ask her any questions you can come up with!
Kevin Morrison (he/him/his)
  • Kevin Morrison (he/him/his)
  • Director, Center for Study Away
  • Kevin is passionate about ensuring that students have the opportunity to experience and learn from exposure to other cultures. As a first generation to college he was able to begin a lifetime of international pursuits when he studied abroad in Japan. Following graduation he returned to Japan to work. It was during this time that he came out as a gay man, doing so in another country that had very different ideas about what it meant to be gay. Kevin’s academic interests have centered around how different cultures understand and welcome LGBTQ identified students.
Michael Toole (he/him/his)
  • Michael Toole (he/him/his)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese, Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Professor Toole teaches Japanese language and culture courses here at Macalester. He identifies as gay/queer and enjoys running, learning languages, cooking, and reading comic books.
Mike McGaghie (he/him/his)
  • Mike McGaghie (he/him/his)
  • Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities
  • Professor Mike McGaghie directs the college’s two choirs and teaches other courses in the music department. His key values as a teaching musician are to foster intentional community and to welcome students of all identities. His interests include the sacred music of J.S. Bach, 21st century choral music, CrossFit classes with his partner, and being a loving guncle to his three nieces.
TK Morton (ze/zir/zirs)
  • TK Morton (ze/zir/zirs)
  • Assistant Director of Diversity Education, Leadership, and Inclusion, Department of Multicultural Life
  • TK is the Assistant Director of Multicultural Life! When not working, ze loves listening to music (specifically Kpop), doing tarot readings, eating at new restaurants, going on adventures, and centering joy! Ask TK about LGBTQ+ life, programming for BIPOC students, general questions about the Department of Multicultural Life, and support for LGBTQ+ BIPOC students.
Victoria Malawey (she/they)
  • Victoria Malawey (she/they)
  • Professor, Music; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Professor Malawey has been at Mac for 10 years, teaching for 21, and has been out as queer for 15. Her parents didn’t go to college, but always stressed the importance of education. For Victoria, college was her way out. Victoria also knows what it’s like to have to negotiate identity in academia.
Xavier Haro-Carrión (he/him/his)
  • Xavier Haro-Carrión (he/him/his)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow of Geography
  • Xavier is a land change scientist, he uses satellite images to analyze human-environment settings with a regional focus on the New World tropics. Originally from Ecuador, he moved to Florida about ten years ago and in 2019 to Minnesota. Being relatively new to Macalester, he has a fresh perspective on moving to a new place and navigating a new environment.


We’re always happy to answer questions about exploring identities at Mac. If you’d like to talk with Admissions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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