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Jean Hardy, Primary Investigator

Jean (he/him/his) is a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information who has been doing research with LGBTQ people in the Upper Peninsula since 2015. He has a background in community organizing and working at LGBTQ student centers. You can read more about him at his personal website:


Stefani Vargas, Co-Investigator and Research Assistant

Stefani (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in the Higher Ed program at Northern Michigan University in Marquette and longtime LGBTQ activist and community organizer in the central Upper Peninsula. You can read more about her at her personal website:

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Amy Howard, Co-Investigator

Amy (she/her/hers) is the Campus Diversity Educator at the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Michigan Technological University and has been working professionally in higher education for 10 years, predominantly serving low SES, first generation, and underrepresented (domestic minorities, gender minorities, and LGBTQIA* identities) student populations. You can read more about her on her Michigan Tech website.