About the Staff

 

Kathleen Hobson (they, them, theirs)

Director

Originally from Ohio, Kathleen received their Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University and their Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. Kathleen has worked in higher education full-time for ten years and started their journey in Housing and Residence Life at Alfred State College in Alfred, NY. They moved to Denton in 2014 to open UNT’s Pride Alliance, where they currently serve as Director. Kathleen is also a proud founding and executive board member of PRIDENTON. Their previous Queer work includes five years on ACPA’s Coalition for Gender Identity and Sexuality, four years as Southwest Region Rep for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, three years on OUTreach Denton’s Steering Committee, and two years on the (Dallas) Black Tie Board of Directors.

They describe themselves as a white, queer, genderqueer/trans/non-binary person who navigates the world with anxiety, depression, and neurodivergence. Kathleen is a Capricorn and a Slytherin, enjoys spending time with their cats Ailbhe and Séamus, working on home and furniture projects, and planning trips to see their family and Queer Sibs.



Kathleen Hobson shoulders up, looking into camera with head tilted and wearing a Pride Alliance branded shirt.

 

Jamal King (they, them, theirs)

Student Services Coordinator

Jamal began their education at Texas Christian University in the field of Social Work and later completed their Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree at UNT with a minor in Human Services. Jamal has worked for 10 years supporting and educating others on diverse populations through 7 years of training and leadership experience at Marriott International and 3 years of international education support at UNT prior to tackling this current role. Jamal began their queer-centered work at Texas Christian University, where they served as a cabinet member for the student-led LGBTQ+ organization on campus for 3 years and organized and chaired a regional LGBTQ+ leadership and resource conference for 2 years. While in a previous role at University of North Texas, Jamal also served as founding co-chair for the UNT Gender and Sexuality Employee Resource Group.

Jamal describes themselves as a Black, queer, trans/gender non-conforming person who navigates the world with PTSD and anxiety. They value authenticity, unfiltered conversations, and passionate discussions. In their free time, Jamal enjoys spending time playing video games/Dungeons & Dragons with their husband and friends, trying out new recipes, and consuming excellent media.



Photo of Jamal standing with the UNT library mall in the background.

 

Kristen/Krissy Baxter (she, her, hers)

Student Assistant

Kristen is an AfroLatina from Mobile, Alabama. She’s a Visual Art Education and Studio Art major with a focus in painting and manages social media for the Pride Alliance. Her artistic inspirations include: Frida Khalo, Lois Mailou Jones, Faith Ringgold and Bisa Butler. She enjoys cooking, Star Wars, video games and the Queen of Music: MARIAH CAREY. STREAM THE RARITIES DAHLINGS!

Kristen Baxter waist up sitting outside on campus smiling and looking at the camera

 

Natalie Crawford (she, her, hers)

Student Assistant

Natalie is the Graphic Designer Student Assistant for the Pride Alliance. As part of this role, she creates all of the posters, graphics, and social media images. They are a Communication Design major with a plan on minoring in LGBTQ Studies. She is always excited to help people, and follows her life motto: Be happy and make others happy. In their free time, they are listening to musicals, hanging out with friends, or playing video games in their room.

Natalie Crawford sits smiling and looking at the camera outside on campus