Meet Us

Dr. Zooey Sophia Pook – Director

Zooey Sophia Pook is a Transgender and Lebanese-American scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of politics, culture, and autonomy. She directs the LGBT+ Programs at NMSU and also serves as an instructor in the English Department. Zooey Sophia has worked to create the Preferred Name policy, as well as gender inclusive housing 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 has been invited to give numerous talks and workshops in the US and abroad for high schools, universities, and community organizations . She is noted for her Heteronormative Privilege series on Youtube and has presented research at conferences such as Feminisms and Rhetorics, Gender Infinity, and Creating Change. She can be reached directly at or through LGBT+ Programs at 575-646-7031.

Sam Salas- Senior Office Assistant

Sam Salas is a Junior majoring in Digital Film and Animation and Visual Effects. She likes basketball, books, and pretending she’s going to learn how to skateboard and start a band.

Leslie Ledezma- Junior Office Assistant

Leslie Ledezma is a Sophomore studying Civil Engineering and is from New Mexico. She likes to enjoy every moment, learn from every experience, and make an impact on the people she meets.

Nadia Montoya- Student Aide

 Nadia Montoya is a small Junior majoring in psychology and hoping to attend medical school to continue as a psychiatrist. She enjoys being involved in the community as well as writing and cooking. Known as Turtle around the office.