Meet Us

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 is currently completing 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 freshman majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is involved in IEEE and their drone design project.  She enjoys basketball, great fight scenes, and beating Zooey Sophia at chess. Her goal is to do something important with her life.

Evan Apollo Evans – Student Aide

Evan Apollo Evans hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a sophomore majoring in Horticulture. Evan is the Vice President of the Gender Diverse Aggies and NMSU’s Young Greens. He is working in his second year at LGBT+ Programs and looks forward to assisting you.

Nadia Montoya- Student Aide

 Nadia Montoya is a small sophomore 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.