Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs

Office Staff

Professional Staff

Petey Peterson, M.Ed—Director for the Office of LGBTQA Affairs

Petey Peterson 9-15.jpgPronouns: they, them, their

Petey serves as the Director for the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs at Wright State University. 

Petey received their bachelor's in Communication Studies & Child Adult and Family Services at Iowa State University. They went on to get their masters in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies with a focus in higher education and student affairs from Iowa State University. While at Iowa State University Petey served as the Graduate Assistant for the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center. Before coming to Wright State University Petey was serving as the program coordinator for the Office of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University.  While at Vanderbilt University they developed the Trans@VU website so transgender and gender non-conforming students have a place to access information regarding their most pressing needs. Petey also led the educational& student leadership programs for the Office of LGBTQI Life which included the Safe Zone training's and the OUT in Front LGBTQQIA+ College Conference. They currently serve on the International College Personnel Association (ACPA) Coalition for LGBT Awareness as the Equity Officer and is a member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. In Petey's free time they enjoy spending time with their Wife and their three furchildren (Charlie the cat, and their two dogs Max & Silver). Petey is excited and honored to serve as the first Director for the Office of LGBTQA Affairs at Wright State University.

Shaquetta Morris—Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers 

Born in Detroit, MI, Shaquetta relocated to Cincinnati, OH at the age of 13. She is graduate of Hughes STEM High School located in Cincinnati, OH. After high school, Shaquetta attended Eastern Michigan University where she received a Bachelor of Science in African American studies with a minor in sociology. Here, they were active in the Society of African American Studies and campus life’s orientation and transition programs. Being a transfer orientation assistant and new student orientation leader introduced her to the profession of student affairs.

In May of 2016, Shaquetta relocated to Dayton, OH and began her graduate student career as a 1st- year cohort member in the Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration graduate program located inside the College of Education within the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations. Shaquetta is now a second-year with an interest in working with marginalized populations and first-generation college students. Shaquetta hopes to stay in Ohio after graduation and work in the Cincinnati area. 

Shelby Dinkeldine—Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Shelby Dinkledine serves as one of two Graduate Assistants for the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs at Wright State University. 

Shelby is a returning Master's student at Wright State University. Shelby received her Bachelor's Degree in Rehabilitation Services with a double minor in Psychology and Deaf Studies. Currently, Shelby is pursuing her Master's Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus in Severe Disabilities. During her undergrad years, Shelby was active as a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Council for the College of Education and Human Services, Love Your Melon, Panhellenic Council (CPH), and Kappa Delta Sorority. Shelby hopes to bring daily positivity to the office and community we serve while continuously working to leave behind lasting impressions on this department when her time as a GA has come to an end. In her free time, Shelby runs an independent photography business and loves to spend time with her Great Pyrenees and Yellow Lab. If you're in the campus, feel free to stop by 011 in the Student Union and say "Hi!" because she would love to meet and talk with you!

Community Engagement Coordinators

Renaissance Craver—Internal Coordinator 

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Renaissance is a Pre-Social Work major who enjoys watching YouTube and anime, writing, drawing, and planning in their spare time. Take Renaissance to an office supply store and they may never come out. Renaissance also volunteered for the Office of LGBTQA Affairs throughout the summer semester and enjoyed it immensely. They are always open to questions and conversations. Feel free to drop by and say “Hello!”



Jan Vanderhorst—Engagement Programs Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Hi, I am Jan Vanderhorst. I am in the 4+1 program to complete my Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and my Master’s in Cyber Security with a minor in Mathematics. I work as a CEC in the Community Engagement Room for the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, I work as a Cyber Security Analyst at a finance company in Oakwood. Lastly, I work as the President of the National Society of Leadership and Success on campus. I enjoy watching gaming videos, Philip Defranco, and Hannah Hart. I love the logistical aspect of making budgets, planning events, and creating task management systems. I enjoy helping students with these types of mundane tasks because they help students succeed in class and college in general. I hope to help mentor students when I graduate and move towards a full time cyber security job. 

Ty McHardy—Unicornship & Success Coordinator

Pronouns: He/They 

Hello! My name is Ty Xavier McHardy. I am a 4th year Social work major and a Deaf Studies minor. I will be working in the Community Engagement Room. I am also a co-leader of the Affinity Network called TAIGA. I also am a creator/co-leader of the new Unicornship Peer Mentor Program.  I love meeting new people and care about so many people. With my degree, I will be heading to get my Master in Social Welfare. I want work on creating and changing policies and programs in clinical social work to help the LGBTQA+ community.  I identify as a non-binary transgender man. I am queer romantic, ace/demisexual. I am also a believer in Christ. I enjoy writing spoken word poetry and reading manga. I love meeting new people and creating an environment of positivity. I'm here for you!

Beth Lenz—Social Media Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers and They/Them/Theirs 

Hi! My name is Beth, and I am only a first-year student, but I am super excited for the next couple of years with the Office. I’m 18, and my major I Political Science. My favorite color is purple, I love musicals, and I spend a lot of time reading and writing. I have an interest in taking on a minor for Technical Theater, which includes lighting and audio work. I am from Springfield, Ohio, and I went to the Global Impact STEM Academy during my high school years, as well as Clark State Community College. I would describe myself as an easy-going person, and I am always available whenever you need a shoulder to cry on, or just someone to listen to you rant about nothing. I am always looking to make new friends, so don’t be afraid to stop in and say hi!

Bome Kanu—Website & Design Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hello, My name is Yabome "Bome" Kanu. I am Urban Affairs Major with a Concentration in Nonprofit Management; I also have a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Legal Studies. I am the website & design coordinator in the CER. I enjoy making flyers and host small informative programs about self care, academic success and life after college. I am also a Resident Assistant in the VUP Community on campus. In my free time watch a lot YouTube videos about make up and listen podcasts. I hope to one day work as a lawyer for a nonprofit or NGO.

Karen Huynh—Research Assistant 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Karen is a first year graduate student and a Dayton native. She is a proud alumna of Wright State University where she received her bachelor’s in Psychology. Over summer 2017, Karen served as an intern for the Office of LGBTQA Affairs. In Karen’s free time, she enjoys traveling and playing music. She considers herself to be a foodie, and always hasgreat restaurant recommendations. You can find her in Starbucks or the library. Say hello, and she’ll probably take you to Cane’s.