OUR MISSION: The Wright State University Rainbow Alliance is a student organization that supports the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally (GLBTQA) community through educational, social, outreach, and advocacy programming.
We do not discriminate on the basis of, age, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, sex, or sexual orientation. All are welcome in the Rainbow Alliance office.
Our E-Board (Executive Board), which pretty much makes all the big decisions, consists of:
Hello all! I’m Khadija Kirksey and I am the Rainbow Alliance President for the 2013-2014 school year. You will probably hear my laughter before you see me, and I typically have a smile that spreads from ear to ear; if you come my way, I’ll have one for you, too! I am a second-year Women’s Studies and International Studies dual major and a Rowdy Raider. I believe in all paths to finding one’s self and will serve as a leader, a peer, and a friend. I am honored to take part in the lives of the members our LGBTQIA community at Wright State University. Together, with the e-board and the general membership, we will educate, advocate, and entertain. I could not be more proud to be amongst some of the greatest people in the world. Come join us and see what we’re about.
Elizabeth Schoppelrei (Liz)
Hi! My name is Elizabeth Schoppelrei, and I am the current Vice President of Rainbow Alliance. I am a junior Spanish major with English literature and German minors and this will be my second year being involved with Rainbow Alliance. I strongly believe in all that Rainbow Alliance stands for and look forward to supporting the community through this wonderful organization.
Hi there! I’m Sarah McHenry and I’ll be playing the part of public relations officer for Rainbow this year. I’m a sophomore at Wright State this year and slowly working towards a degree in biology with a focus in pre-med/occupational therapy. I’m also a barista at the Bridge Café in the Honor’s dorms, so feel free to stop by! On that note, I enjoy simple things like coffee, peanut butter and spending time with friends and nature. I was raised on a pig farm in a small town and now I’m a vegetarian and loving the city life, at least for now. Although I’m probably the clumsiest person you’ll ever meet, I’m pretty laid back and approachable. I’d also like to think I can be funny, but if nothing else I pride myself on being a good friend with everyone I meet. I really hope to work to expand Rainbow’s reach across campus and in the surrounding city this year. My goal is to reach where ever we are needed and provide a safe and comfortable space for friendship and support.
Hi I’m Meredith Baird. I’m a sophomore, dual majoring in fine art and art history. I hope to eventually become an art historian that does restoration work on museum pieces. I’m Rainbow Alliance’s Internal Affairs Officer, which means I handle the budget as well as helping plan meetings and help ensure that things run smoothly. My goals for Rainbow this year are to increase our membership, have a greater presence on campus, and help foster a welcoming environment for everyone that attends our meetings.
Dr. Rick Danals
My name is Rick Danals. I joined the WSU family in September 2004. I have worked at Kent State University, Hiram College, Ohio University and The University of Akron and have held positions in student activities, student unions, and student affairs administrations since 1986. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Management from The University of Akron, a Master's of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. I am the current co-advisor and also served as advisor for rainbow from 2004-2008. "I enjoy working with RA students and helping them grow with their leadership responsibilities and personal development. I look forward to my work every day! I find it energizing to work with students in this collaborative and creative environment."
My name is Susan Vance and I am the co-advisor for Rainbow Alliance. I joined the Student Activities staff in July 2012 as the Graduate Assistant for GLBTQA Initiatives. In my role I will supervise the GLBTQA Resource Room, coordinate the Panel Program, co-advise Rainbow Alliance and develop and implement programs and services for the GLBTQA community. I was born and raised in Dayton. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wright State and am continuing my education in the Master of Education program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. “I am thrilled to be working with students again. I’ve had other careers, but none have provided me with the personal satisfaction that I gain while helping students achieve their goals.”