Kim Ketterer to leave Pride Center after 6 years

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Kim Ketterer (Courtesy of lehigh.edu)

Kim Ketterer (Courtesy of lehigh.edu)

Kim Ketterer, the coordinator of Lehigh’s Pride Center, will be leaving the center at the end of this academic year to pursue other opportunities, according to an email from Chelsea Fullerton, the director of the Pride Center.

Ketterer has worked at Lehigh for six years, one of which was spent as the Pride Center’s only professional staff member. Fullerton was hired as the center’s director at the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year, after the departure of Trish Boyles.

During Ketterer’s time at Lehigh, the center has changed its name as well as its location. Previously called LGBTQIA Services, the office changed its name in 2014 to the Pride Center for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, more commonly referred to as the Pride Center. The name change “is intended to be more inclusive, continue a connection with the history of the gay rights movement, and help us raise our visibility on campus,” according to the center’s website. In Fall 2015, the center moved from its previous space in the University Center to UC212, which is in the same wing as the Women’s Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“The last six years of time as part of the Lehigh family has meant the world to me,” Ketterer wrote in an email. “I am thankful that I was part of the Pride Center staff and know that I learned so much from my position as well as from the students. I will take all those lessons and memories with me on my next adventure.”

While working for the Pride Center, Ketterer organized three Lehigh Valley-wide LGBTQ student symposia, collaborating with campus partners at Lafayette College, Cedar Crest College, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College and others to engage more than 100 students each year in learning and networking opportunities, Fullerton wrote.
Ketterer also helped bring Janet Mock and Ryan Sallans, two transgender individuals, advocates and activists, to campus in October 2014 during the LGBTQ History Month programming series.

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