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Dr. Sidney Gardner
Director, Equity and Diversity
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Dr. Sidney Gardner came to Montclair State in January 2016 from Texas A&M University where she served as the Program Coordinator for their GLBT Resource Center. She has a passion for social justice and has been engaged in equity and diversity work on college campuses for over 12 years.  She has been working in higher education for 14 years. 

She served for two years as the Program Advisor/Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.   She worked for the next three years at Capella University as a university services representative and an academic advisor.  In 2006, she was able to pursue her passion for equity and diversity work by becoming the Coordinator for LGBT and Women’s Services at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN.  During this time, she was also one of the founding members and co-chair of the MN GLBTA Campus Alliance, which is a statewide coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members working towards a better campus climate for LGBTQ people on MN campuses.  In the fall of 2012, she returned to her home state of Texas as the Program Coordinator for the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University which she proudly ran for three and a half years before leaving to join us here to do broader Equity and Diversity work at Montclair State University.     

She earned her A.A. degree from Cottey College, her B.A. in English at Texas Woman’s University, and her M.S. degree in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Recently, she completed her dissertation on “Assessing the Needs of Non-Monosexual Students Related to Campus LGBTQ Services” for her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.


Brian Edwards, M.S.Ed., 
Coordinator, LGBTQ Center
Pronouns: he, him, his, they, them, their

As Coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Center at Montclair State University, Brian manages the LGBTQ Center and its staff/volunteers, develops educational, cultural, and social programming to improve campus climate, creates and organizes leadership opportunities for LGBTQA+ students, and develops curricula for trainings that bring awareness to LGBTQ issues on- and off-campus. Brian has over 13 years of experience in higher education and has held various positions in both student and academic affairs. In addition to serving on the Prevention Coalition for SAVE of Essex County and the Advisory Board for ProjectLOL, Brian presents regionally and nationally on a variety of gender and sexuality topics, is a member of ACUI and NASPA, and is a regional representative for the Mid-Atlantic for The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.