Clare Lemke, the assistant director of the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success at Iowa State University, has been named the new director of the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center.
Lemke is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native, who received a bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies at the University of Iowa before joining the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success in 2015. During her time there her main focuses were on transgender inclusion and gender equity.
“Clare is extremely talented,” Brad Freihoefer, director of the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success, told the Iowa State Daily. “I think she has brought our team to a new level when it comes to not only executing programs with excellence from beginning to end but doing so by working on a deep level with students.”
Lemke will take over as director of the UofU LGBT Resource Center early next month, replacing Kai Medina-Martinez (and the interim director Gabriella “Bri” Blanchard).
Medina-Martinez, a licensed clinical social worker, became the LGBT Resource Center’s director in June of 2007. During their
With big shoes to fill, Lemke’s determination for further transgender inclusion and gender equity may just be a great fit.
Photo: Clare Lemke and Brad Freihoefer