Assistant Director, Gender & Sexuality, Northeastern Illinois University
Dear Aunaetitrakul (she/her) is the Assistant Director at Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). In her role, Dear oversees gender and sexuality initiatives on campus such as Pride College Prep, a pre-college preparation conference for LGBTQ+ high school students, Queer Student Leadership Institute, a 6-week LGBTQ+ student leadership program, and engagement opportunities for student-parents. Dear has been working in higher education since 2014. She specializes in diversity, equity, and inclusion education. In addition to her work at NEIU, Dear is also the co-chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus - National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (APINCORE). Dear is passionate about increasing access to higher education for students of color, LGBTQ+, and undocumented students. She is a CrossFit and hiking enthusiast.