Meet Us



Dr. Zooey Sophia Pook – Director

Dr. Zooey Sophia Pook is a transgender, disabled, Lebanese-American scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of politics, technology, and autonomy. She directs the LGBT+ Programs at NMSU and also teaches in the English Department. Zooey Sophia has worked to create the Preferred Name Rule as well as gender inclusive housing and restroom options, for which NMSU has received national attention. She holds Master’s Degrees in Philosophy and Communication, and a PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. She is currently engaged in grant research to examine healthcare for transgender individuals in southern New Mexico, as well as efforts to bring more attention to accessibility in DEI work. She has been invited to give numerous talks and workshops in the US and abroad for high schools, universities, and community organizations. Her published work can be found in The International Journal of Žižek Studies, Interalia, and Women’s Studies in Communication.  She can be reached directly at or through LGBT+ Programs at 575-646-7031. 



Lore Falls – Program Coordinator

Lore is a queer nonbinary medical anthropologist and the Program Coordinator for LGBT+ Programs. They are a MA student in the anthropology department studying medical anthropology with a focus on improving LGBT+ people's experiences seeking and receiving healthcare in southern New Mexico. Lore is also a photographer and cosplayer in their spare time











Emily Turley – Lead Student Aide

Emily is a bisexual Chicana majoring in Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law with an emphasis in sociology and government. She is very passionate about advocacy work and they hope to one day be a human rights lawyer. Outside of work, she is a graphic designer and is currently working on designing their own deck of hip-hop inspired tarot cards.