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.

Dinoliz G. Perez Ramos- Junior Office Assistant

Dinoliz G. Perez Ramos is a Senior majoring in General Psychology. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and served in the United States Army for five years as Military Police officer. Her interests are participating in extreme sports, writing poems and short stories, and enjoying quality time with family and close friends.

Salma Lopez- Office Coordinator

Salma Lopez is a second year Kinesiology student. She likes meeting new people, trying new things, and dancing like nobody is watching.