Molly Holmes is assuming the role of the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center and Women‚Äôs Resource Center (WRC).
Over the next nine months, Holmes will lead the staffs of both centers in a strategic planning process that will include opportunities for key stakeholders to contribute to shaping this new department.
The goal is to develop a combined mission and vision that reflect the traditions of the WRC and LGBT resource centers and to identify new opportunities to collaborate on programs and services that reflect a campus culture inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations.
Eric Weldy, vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, said he is excited by the merger of two centers ‚Äúcrucial‚ÄĚ to his division‚Äôs ‚Äúcommitment to building inclusive communities.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis decision not only promotes their sustainability and growth, but it also reflects best practices in the field, which recognizes the meaningful synergy between these interconnected departments,‚ÄĚ Weldy said.
‚ÄúMolly Holmes is an extremely competent and well respected professional in her field, both on campus and nationally, and I am confident that she is well suited for this exciting new endeavor,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúDuring her time at NIU, Molly has built strong relationships with student groups and campus partners that reflect her intersectional approach and continued commitment to honoring the rich diversity at NIU.‚ÄĚ
Weldy also offered kudos to Lisa Schmidt, who served as interim director of the Women‚Äôs Resource Center for two years and provided leadership and stability during a difficult time of transition.
‚ÄúUnder her guidance, strong programs were strengthened such as the clothing swap and Own It! Fashion Show, which promoted positive body image,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIn addition, Lisa developed the department’s brand, increased student volunteerism in WRC programs and supported the critical work of the Victim Advocacy Services initiative.‚ÄĚ