Kristopher Oliveira (he/him) currently serves as the Director of the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity at KU. He is also a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. His research focuses on the emancipatory potential of collegiate LGBTQIA+ Resource Centers, and the experiences of Black and Queer higher education professionals. His master’s thesis was a study entitled: The Effect of LGBT Resource Centers on Student Success and Engagement. Kris is currently working on his interdisciplinary dissertation project: an institutional ethnography of queer and trans work and life in higher education. In this project he describes LGBTQIA+ Resource Centers as sites of transformation in higher education that understand, support, protect, and uplift queer and trans students at the intersections of identity.
Prior to his doctoral studies, Kris served as an LGBTQIA+ Resource Center Director where he delivered presentations on queer and trans identity, helped shape campus policy and advocacy, developed events and programs, and advanced the departmental mission to support LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC students, faculty, and staff. He also had the unique opportunity to partner with Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as a consultor to develop a culturally competent Safe Zone Training program. His other student affairs work includes orientation, financial aid, and advising and student transitions. Beyond higher education, he volunteers with the Trevor Project and the Human Rights Campaign. Kris earned a BS in Psychology from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University.
When he isn’t working, Kris enjoys reading young adult novels and memoirs, and spending time with his spouse, Alfredo, and their dog, Scooby Doo. Like so many, he enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and working to dismantle global oppression. He is most proud of his role in helping students to embody the mantra ‘Queers with Degrees.’
BS, Psychology, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (2015)
MS, Higher Education Administration, St. Cloud State University (2017)
PhD Candidate, Sociology, University of South Florida (Expected 2022)