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As(t*)erisk, the Trans* Student Advisory Board

As(t*)erisk, ODU's first Trans* student advisory board, strengthens and amplifies the voices of the ODU trans* student community in their pursuit of equity through advocacy, education and student engagement.


Mission & Purpose

  • The Office of Intercultural Relations' LGBTQIA+ Initiatives strives to provide students, faculty, staff, and members of the Hampton Roads area a community where they can be free and confident in expressing their identities. OIR strives to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism in the Old Dominion University community through educational and interactive programming, mentorship, and LGBT advocacy.

  • As(t*)erisk, ODU's Trans* Student Advisory Board, is committed to cultivating a safe and affirming campus environment for community members of all gender identities. The mission of As(t*)erisk is to strengthen and amplify the diverse voices of the ODU trans* student community in their pursuit of equity through advocacy, education and student engagement.

Application Process

  • The online application process is open all year round and can be accessed through the following URL:

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Lyn Leech

Pronouns: They/Them

Graduation Year: Spring 2022

Major: Professional Communications

I'm incredibly proud to be a part of As(t*)erisk because of all that we have the power to change and make better when we work together and collaborate. Community and diversity are of the utmost importance.


Blaizen Buckshot Bloom

Pronouns: They/Them

Major: first-year freshman studying in Ocean and Earth Sciences.

I'm nonbinary/gender fluid and an asexual, but my own romantic orientation I'm still figuring out. I joined As(t*)erisk to advocate for the rights of our community on campus and to ensure that we are valued and respected regardless of our identities, something that me and my classmates never had in K-12 education.


Alex H

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Graduation Year: 2024

Major: Graphic Design

Being a part of QRC and As(t*)erisk means being a part of an open community of LGBTQIA+ students and staff who all share a passion to advocate for the rights and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ ODU students and to let their voices be heard on campus.


Kelly Himelwright

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: I am attending Old Dominion University Online in the Cybersecurity program.

I am from Winchester, VA and have recently transferred to ODU from Lord Fairfax Community College where I received my Associate's in Cybersecurity with certificates in Networking, Information Systems, and AWS Cloud Computing.

Joining As(t*)erisk has given me the opportunity to not only meet some great people but to connect with others similar to myself. We are a diverse group of individuals working to make life a little better, on campus or off. Being a part of an organization that can help form policies and change people's minds, is a wonderful thing. I know that being a part of this group, we are fighting for equality, no matter where we are and providing awareness and support for everyone.


Ivory Martin

Pronouns: They/She/He (basically any)

Graduation Year: Class of 2024

Major: Psychology

For me, As(t*)erisk is like taking the step into a community you finally belong and feel right in, and after that first step you take many more to help make the community feel safer, better, and more appreciated and acknowledged!

For me, this is about growing and helping one of my communities to feel truly wanted on campus, to let all know like them, we belong and nothing can change that!


August Kearney

Pronouns: He/Him

Graduation Year: Class of 2024

Major: Psychology major; Minor in Children's Rights.

To me being a part of As(t*)erisk means to stand up and with my community to address everyone's needs and wants at ODU.


Casper Mitchem

Pronouns: He/They

Graduation Year: Class of 2025

Major: Biology

Most important part is making ODU safer and more accessible to trans people like me.


Julius Clark

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Graduation Year: 2022

Major: World Cultural Studies

Being a part of As(t*)erisk is a chance for me to ensure the voice of trans* students are heard; to provide a haven for the underprivileged; and secure the right to live freely on campus.


Felix Radford

Pronouns: He/him

Graduation Year: 2024

Major: Oceanography - Bio track

To me, being a part of As(t*)erisk means being able to connect with other students who are like me. It lets me build a community with other trans students, which reminds me that I'm never alone, and it's my goal to let other trans and gender non-conforming individuals at ODU know that we belong here and there are resources to help us

  • The term starts on the first day of Fall semester and ends on the last day of Spring semester of each year.

  • As(t*)erisk meets for five general board meetings each semester, once per month.

  • Students who meet one of the following requirements may apply to serve on As(t*)erisk:

  • Undergraduate student who identifies as part of the trans* community.

  • Undergraduate student who identifies as transgender.

  • Undergraduate student who identifies as gender non-conforming.

  • Undergraduate student who identifies as non-binary.

  • Undergraduate student who identifies as gender queer.

  • Graduate student who identifies as part of the trans* community.

  • Graduate student who identifies as transgender.

  • Graduate student who identifies as gender non-conforming.

  • Graduate student who identifies as gender non-binary.

  • Graduate student who identifies as gender queer.



If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the As(t*)erisk, please contact:

Andrew Garber
Coordinator for LGBTQIA+ Initiatives | As(t*)erisk Faculty Advisor
Office of Intercultural Relations
Webb 1200
Email: agarber@odu.edu
Office Phone: 757-683-2448

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