Meet the Staff

Find out more about your LBGTQ+ Services staff here!
Lauryn McNair, Assistant Dean of Intercultural Engagement for LBGTQ+, Women, and Gender Services
Pronouns: she, her, hers and they, them, theirs
Phone: 617-252-1612
E-mail: lmcnair@mit.edu 
<- I love emails! Just call me Lauryn, no gendered titles please. :) 
Lauryn collaborates with departments, administrators, and student groups to develop and implement educational, intersectional LGBTQ+ programs at MIT. Lauryn joins us after working at Babson College as the Multicultural and LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator. There, her programs spanned campus wide events such as the Multicultural Festival and heritage month celebrations to providing group education on leadership and identity, safe zone trainings, gender expansive trainings, and club support. In her intern roles, she advised first-generation college students and developed and facilitated programming for Trans and Gender Non-conforming communities throughout the Greater Boston area. McNair holds an MSW from Boston College School of Social Work with a macro concentration in family, youth, and children and a BA from Colgate University with a double major in sociology and Caribbean studies.

Graduate Staff

Val Upton
Pronouns: she, her, hers and they, them, theirs 
Hours: Monday and Thursday from 12-5PM  
E-mail: vupton@mit.edu
Val Upton (she/they) is a graduate student at Boston University with a focus on Curriculum and Teaching. Val is excited to work as a Graduate Assistant in LGBTQ+ services so that she can partner with you on topics that matter and foster an inclusive environment where all are accepted and can succeed. Val's downtime activities include music (listening/writing), cooking, and spending time having get togethers with loved ones. 
Nayaab Kazmi
Pronouns: she, her, hers 
Hours: Tuesday 12-4PM and Friday 12-5PM 
E-mail: nayaab@mit.edu
Nayaab Kazmi (She/Hers) is a 2nd year graduate student at Salem State University completing her Masters in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Her interests include building community, leaf peeping in the Fall and obsessing over the perfect lighting set up. Nayaab attended the University of California Riverside and attained her B.S. in Business Administration & Accounting in 2018.

Rainbow Lounge Student Workers

LBGTQ+ Services provides paid employment opportunities for students to engage their leadership, design, programming, and peer counseling skills. Any currently enrolled MIT graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to contact us via e-mail at lbgt@mit.edu if interested in being on the waitlist for future opportunities.  We are all set for this academic year.