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Dr. Sidney Gardner

Dr. Sidney Gardner

Director, Women and LGBT Center

Dr. Sidney Gardner comes to Southern Methodist University from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. In her role at Montclair State, she served as the Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity which was comprised of the Women’s Center, the Center for Faith and Spirituality, the LGBTQ Center, and the Multicultural Center. She also served as the chair for the Bias Education Response Taskforce, and served on the campus CARE Team.

Prior to her time at Montclair State, she served as the Program Coordinator for the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University from 2012-2015. She also served as the Multicultural Coordinator for LGBT and Women’s Services at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN from 2006-2012. She developed her passion for this work as a graduate assistant and only paid staff member running the LGBT Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.

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Dr. Sidney Gardner

Jermisha Frazier

Coordinator, Women and LGBT Center

The Women and LGBT Center is pleased to welcome our new coordinator, Jermisha Frazier! Jermisha is coming to Southern Methodist University from the University of New Orleans in Louisiana where she served as Assistant Track and Field coach and also supported the development of all student-athletes. Jermisha is also a sexuality educator that specializes in facilitating experiences, seminars, and workshops to support both young and adult learners actively pursue liberation and advance social justice by exploring identity and increasing self-awareness.

Jermisha is a first-generation college graduate from New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Master of Education from High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego, CA. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University located in Hammond, LA. Jermisha is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Mission Statement

The Women and LGBT Center at SMU works to create purposeful learning, leadership, and advocacy opportunities that allow you to have a space to clarify and develop your knowledge, values, skills, and identities in relation to gender equity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.


  • To advocate, at an individual and systems level, on issues of gender equity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression
  • To build a safe, inclusive, supportive and affirming campus community for women and people in the LGBT community
  • To celebrate the contributions and achievements of women and allies
  • To encourage women and LGBT students to advocate for themselves and others
  • To empower women and LGBT students through creating pathways for their involvement and leadership in all aspects of university life
  • Support the wellness, developmental process, academic success and retention of women and LGBT students
  • Provide resources, programs and experiences that support and expand student leadership development
  • Increase community awareness and allyship of women and the LGBT community

The Human Resources Women's Center opened its doors in 1973 as one of the first university women's centers in the Southwest. Click here to read more.



Described by her colleagues as a woman of vision, Emmie V. Baine (1916-1999) never hesitated to challenge the status quo, first as the Dean of Women and then as University Coordinator for Women at Southern Methodist University. Click here to learn more.


A Group of graduating seniors with awards from awards extravaganza


Andrea Salt 2019
Syd Clark 2018
Emily Trible 2017
Jenny Torres 2016
Shelbi Smith 2015
Melissa Maguire 2014
Bekah Boyer 2013
Cori Hill 2012
Jessica Andrewartha 2011
Ashley Olson 2010
Ashley Bruckbauer 2009
Bahar Ravandi 2008