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. 






Camika Leiva – Lead Student Aide: Facilities Manager

Camika Leiva is the longest running student employee at LGBT+ Programs. She is a sophmore at NMSU majoring in Computer Science. She loves Anime and is President of the Gay Anime Club. She hopes to be a computer programmer for Google in the future.











Justin Falls – Graduate Assistant

Justin Falls is a queer nonbinary medical anthropologist and the 2022 Summer 2 GA 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. A longtime AgGay and Gay Anime Club member, Justin is also a photographer and cosplayer in their spare time.