Meet the Staff

Throughout her career Dr. Amena Johnson has had a deep commitment to youth, social justice, advocacy and educational equity. She specializes in training, facilitation and curriculum development. She has an extensive range of experience as a non-profit, and social services leader and higher education student affairs professional. Dr. Johnson has engaged communities in dialogue and learning around: urban bias, intersectionality, the intergenerational workplace, LGBTQ topics, and diversity and inclusion in educational and nonprofit organizations.

Before coming to Georgetown Dr. Johnson was the AFFIRM Supervisor at the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. In this role she managed a program that supports LGBTQ youth in foster care. She is the former Assistant Director at George Mason University’s LGBTQ Resource Center. Dr. Johnson also served as the Interim Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education from 2015 – 2016 at George Mason University. Prior to George Mason she was Director of Programs at Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) a youth center for LGBTQ youth ages 13-21. She was also a Community Initiatives Associate at the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Dr. Johnson received a BFA in Drama Therapy from Longwood University. She also received an MS in Organizational Leadership and  Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership from Wilmington University.

Student Assistant

Bio: Claire is a sophomore in the SFS studying Regional and Comparative Studies (Latin America and Asia). She is from Washington State and enjoys hiking, fall weather, and rock climbing. On campus she is a part of Delta Phi Epsilon, GIVES, and Ballet Folklórico Mexicano. Claire is looking forward to movie nights with the LGBTQ Center and creating new traditions on campus. 

Like many LGBTQ Centers, we grew out of individuals dedicated to serving our LGBTQ students’ needs. Prior to 2003, members of our long-standing LGBT Working Group, worked with individual students as needs arose. From 2003, Chuck Van Sant in Student Affairs served as a half-time interim coordinator for LGBTQ Community Resources; and Bill McCoy served in a dual position from 2004-2008 as Coordinator of LGBTQ Community Resources and Assistant Director of Student Organizations. The creation of the Center as a standalone department in the Division of Student Affairs, with full institutional funding and support, and two full time professional staff serving the needs of students, staff, faculty, and alumni was uniquely structured to be thoughtful regarding Georgetown’s Jesuit and Catholic Identity. The LGBTQ Resource Center officially opened its doors in this latest incarnation on August 26, 2008.

  • Sivagami Subbaraman held the position of Executive Director from 2008 – 2020
  • Matt LeBlanc held the position of Program Coordinator from 2009 to 2013
  • Bridget Sherry Laizer served as Special Projects Coordinator from 2013 to 2014
  • Julian Haas served as Assistant Director from 2014 to 2018