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NKU Hosts Former White House Staffer Raffi Freedman-Gurspan


October 21, 2019– Northern Kentucky University’s Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services welcomes Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the keynote speaker for NKU’s seventh-annual LGBTQ History Month. 

On Oct. 23, Freedman-Gurspan joins NKU Student Government Association President Jarett Lopez for a fireside chat about her White House experiences, trans rights, immigration issues and the importance of civic engagement. 

“Serving as the first openly transgender staff member in the White House, she has a perspective that is fascinating for both our campus and community. We hope all can hear this truly remarkable story,” said Bonnie Meyer, director of LGBTQ Programs and Services. 

Former President Barack Obama appointed Freedman-Gurspan as the senior associate director for Public Engagement in 2015. She served as the White House’s primary liaison to the LGBT community, as well as Outreach and Recruitment director in the Presidential Personnel Office. 

Freedman-Gurspan currently serves as deputy director for the All on the Line campaign of the National Redistricting Action Fund, an affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. There’s no charge to hear Freedman-Gurspan speak, but reservations are encouraged. Click here to register. 

  • What: Raffi Freedman-Gurspan | LGBTQ History Month Keynote
  • When: Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Otto M. Budig Theater in NKU’s University Center

NKU has many events scheduled throughout Oct. to celebrate LGBTQ History Month, including a performance by drag queen Nina West on October 24. West participated in the 11th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she placed sixth and won Miss Congeniality. She was recently named one of the top 100 most powerful drag queens in America by New York Magazine. 

The LGBTQ Programs & Services Office was created in the summer of 2013. As part of the Office of Student Affairs, we are committed to offering programs and services to increase visibility, awareness, and advocacy for the LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty at Northern Kentucky University.Visit NKU’s LGBTQ Programs and Services website for more information.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit