A Louisiana native, Jessica Troske is the Budget and Administrative Coordinator for the Newcomb College Institute. Troske has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in English Literature from Northwestern State University and is pursuing a Master‘s in Literature from her alma mater. While at Northwestern State University, she was an advocate for the LGBT community and was instrumental in starting Northwestern’s first LGBT organization, Lambda. Her current research project explores southern writer William Faulkner’s novels and the social construction of gender and race relations. For the last ten years, Troske has worked within non-profit and educational sectors. Prior to joining Newcomb College Institute, Troske worked as the Assistant General Manager for School of Rock in Denver, CO, as Logistics Manager for New Orleans based non-profit organization, marketumbrella.org, and the Administrative Assistant to the Curator for New Orleans art’s organization, the Contemporary Arts Center.Her close friendships within the LGBT community and beyond motivated her to join the LGBT+ Archives Project. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to ensure that their stories are accessible, heard, and properly preserved.