Interns | LGBTQ Student Center | Kent State University
Summer 2018 LGBTQ Student Center Interns

Natasha Gaj

  • A second-year sociology major with a concentration in social inequalities, and minors in human sexuality and LGBTQ studies. She identifies as bisexual, and is an advocate for sex positivity and LGBTQ rights. She is a writer for Fusion Magazine and the secretary for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kent State. During her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, writing, movies, and theater. In the future she hopes to research sexuality related topics, in addition to pushing statewide and nationwide policies that support comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive sexuality education.

Kayla Cagwin

  • A Master’s student in the Sociology department. They are currently working on a thesis investigating consent as practiced, maintained, and enforced within the marginalized BDSM community. Kayla is non-binary and identifies as queer, polyamorous, and a pan gray-ace. They are passionate about general social justice and equality, but specifically as it pertains to consent, sexual assault awareness, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ advocacy and awareness. In their spare time they enjoy attending concerts, experiencing art of all kinds, watching movies, playing video games, being in nature, drinking coffee/tea, and spending time with their three cats. As an intern Kayla hopes to gain experience working with students and staff while helping the Center and the LGBTQ+ community. 

Kyah Robinson

  • An upcoming junior at Barberton High School. She is a part of a pre-college program called Upward Bound. Kyah is a biracial bisexual 16 year old who enjoys animals, music, sleeping, and psychology. Her favorite quote is from Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. 

Ayden Aponte

  • A third year Political Science and Sociology major. Ayden is queer, and Agender, using no pronouns. Ayden is working with the LGBTQ+ center, as well as Lis Regula for Portage county auditor to get more involved politically, and build skills that can help Ayden give back to the community. Next year Ayden also plans to be on the board of four different student orgs, to get more involved with activism on campus, as well as working on an intersectional project, to help make campus more welcoming.

Jordan Whidden

  • A second year interior design student who likes hockey and Netflix, she came here from Florida because her mom also went to Kent and she wanted to get away from the heat. She has two dogs in Florida and misses them a lot. She hopes to graduate in 2022.


  • They're currently studying public health, and they work as an SI leader for chemistry and biology during the fall and spring semesters.

Jennifer Lowers

  • A third-year graduate student in the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program at Kent State University. For the past three years, she has also been working as a graduate assistant in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies, assisting faculty members with both teaching and research. She has a BA in English and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. Since 2011, she has worked as an instructor of adult English language learners from a diverse range of countries and cultures at a total of four universities located in the US, Germany, and Japan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, writing poetry, creating art (drawing, painting, photography, etc.), reading, watching movies, playing the didgeridoo, studying the German language, playing video games and board games, and hiking. She and her wife also enjoy gardening, volunteering with local organizations, such as People Care Pet Pantry in Akron, and walking their three dogs.