Erin Mayo-Adam, an assistant professor of political science and a respected scholar of LGBTQ legal rights, will be the new Director of the Hunter College LGBTQ Policy Center at Roosevelt House, it was announced today by Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab.
The LGBTQ Center, founded in 2008, works within the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute to conduct research, create and lead public programs, and explore and generate policy initiatives and ideas. The Center builds bridges between researchers and government policy-makers, and encourages student and faculty engagement to advance the rights of LGBTQ individuals and communities. It also builds curriculum on LGBTQ issues, engages with LGBTQ student groups, and helps arrange student internships in the government and non-profit sectors. At Roosevelt House, the Center reports to the Jonathan F. Fanton Director, Harold Holzer.
I am delighted and honored to begin working as the new director of the LGBTQ Center @Roosevelt_House! Thank you @HunterPresident for this opportunity. I look forward to helping the center grow and serving the students @Hunter_College in this new role. https://t.co/m2SPJgBjnF
— Erin Mayo-Adam (@erinadam0) June 30, 2021
Dr. Mayo-Adam is the author of the book Queer Alliances: How Power Shapes Political Movement Formation, published last year by Stanford University Press. She has also written extensively on LGBTQ family law, LGBTQ immigration, and anti-discrimination policy-making. Mayo-Adam holds a Ph.D. in political science as well as a law degree from the University of Washington.
“As we conclude Pride Month and plan the fall semester at Hunter, we eagerly anticipate the LGBTQ Policy Center’s next chapter under Erin Mayo-Adam’s insightful and energetic leadership,” commented President Raab. “Erin is a rising star in our political science department, an accomplished scholar and writer, and a charismatic teacher with deep ties to Roosevelt House. Already working at the epicenter of legal and policy work on LGBTQ issues, locally and nationally, she has taught an LGBTQ course at the House, serves on the Roosevelt House Human Rights faculty, and recently joined its Public Policy Program Faculty and Curriculum Committee. We know she will bring substance and vitality to the LGBT Center.
“Needless to say, Erin fully reflects our school’s historic commitment to caring for the future. And she epitomizes the Roosevelt House focus on informing public policy and advancing human rights for all, as exemplified by our landmark building’s onetime residents and our guiding spirits, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Erin to this leadership role in the LGBTQ program.”
President Raab expressed special thanks to New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson—and the entire Council—for their support for the LGBTQ Center at Hunter College. “Their confidence has helped this institute thrive,” she commented, “and we are grateful for their generosity.”