WELCOME MATEO PEREZ
We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Administrative Coordinator, Mateo Perez, who succeeds Pat Lacy as the new welcoming face of the Kinsey Institute.
Mateo has worked for a number of years at Indiana University with positions in the Department of Gender Studies and the Executive Dean’s Office for the College of Arts and Sciences. Mateo has also been active in diversity and multicultural activities at IU, previously working with La Unidad Latina in Bloomington and at the Multicultural Center at IUPUI. Outside of university life, he is a Resident Advocate at the New Wings Emergency Shelter for Middle Way House, which provides advocacy and support for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Despite entering a new position in the midst of a pandemic, Mateo is already playing a vital role in our day-to-day organization and efficiency, and his thoughtful and organized touch is an appreciated addition to the Kinsey Institute team.
This winter we saw the transition of our trusted colleague and friend Pat Lacy, who retired from her position as Administrative Coordinator after over a decade of outstanding service to the Kinsey Institute.
Pat was our unofficial welcoming committee, serving as first contact for many of our visitors at our reception desk or over the phone. She is unflappable, and her laugh and good humor made the office cheerful. Pat leaves the institute with many friends among staff, researchers, and our public visitors and donors.
After the pandemic restrictions lift, Pat plans to travel with her husband, and continue developing her craft and artwork. We miss her, and wish her much joy and many adventures!
This spring also marked the departure from IU of Cate Racek, Associate Research Development Specialist, who facilitated grant submissions and contracts with our researchers.
With the challenges of lockdown and remote work during 2020, Cate’s help was especially important as our faculty quickly launched new studies into the impact of COVID-19 on intimate relationships, health, and mental wellbeing. Thank you Cate!