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, technology, 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 Rule 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. 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.

Sam Salas – Senior Office Assistant 

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


Olivia Fajardo – Junior Office Assistant

Olivia Fajardo is a Senior majoring in Business Computer Information Systems. She loves to practice martial arts, go for bike rides, and play music on her guitar.

Ariana Garcia-Gegenheimer – Office Staff

Ariana Garcia-Gegenheimer is a senior majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Astronomy and Business Management. She likes to dance, sing, cook and spend quality time with her family and dogs.

Mileah Herrera – Office Staff

Mileah Herrera is a Nursing major at New Mexico State University. She likes to listen to music and spend time with family and friends.