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Clark LGBTQ+ Alumni Association (CLAA)


Clark LGBTQ+ Alumni Association

CLAA Mission Statement

The Clark LGBTQ+ Alumni Association is committed to the integration of personal and community power to affirm, liberate, support, and celebrate LGBTQ+ Clarkies. We aim to build solidarity among LGBTQ+ Clark alumni and students, to provide positive experiences and brave spaces on and off campus, and to advocate for current LGBTQ+ Clark students.

The group strives to:

  • Uplift the voices of LGBTQ+ Clarkies with multiple, intersecting identities
  • Unite LGBTQ+ Clarkies across generations to learn from and grow in our understanding of each other’s lived experiences
  • Host networking and community-building events
  • Provide opportunities for virtual events targeting LGBTQ+ Clarkies across the globe
  • Mentor LGBTQ+ students and young alumni
  • Provide opportunities for continuing education regarding LGBTQ+ issues
  • Organize opportunities to connect at Pride and LGBTQ+ affiliated events

Read more about the group and how they are helping LGBTQ+ alumni connect on ClarkNOW


Katie Bogen

Katie Bogen ’15
CLAA Co-Leader

Katherine (Katie) Bogen (M.A.) is a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she studies the intersections of violence-related trauma and human sexuality. She also works as a sex educator affiliated with the South Shore Sexual Health Center in Quincy, MA.

A 2015 Clark graduate, Katie majored in Political Science with a minor in English. Taking advantage of the amazing academic support in the Political Science Department, Katie completed a senior honors thesis and published two related research articles in Clark’s Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ) before graduating. During her time at Clark, Katie worked as an administrative and research assistant in the Sociology Department and was an active leader in student clubs. Katie has been a devoted Clark volunteer since graduating. In addition to serving on the Council, Katie served several years as co-chair of the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) council, acted as a Clark social media ambassador, is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, and is involved with the creation of a Clark Alumni LGBTQ+ Affinity Group. She has hosted numerous alumni engagement events in the New England area and online, and has spoken multiple times at the annual Life After Clark career event for graduating students.

In addition to her Clark-related volunteerism, Katie is involved in the advancement of national Psychology research communities. Katie has co-coordinated national conferences in the interest of feminist psychology and research. Her work has been featured in peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as by Vox, Girls Gone Strong, The Peak Sex Info Podcast, and The Womxn Project Sexual Health Speaker Series. Katie is a lover of musical theatre and a devoted social justice activist. When she is not taking classical voice lessons and performing in community theatre productions, she focuses on advocating for survivors of sexual violence, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, engaging in anti-racism efforts, and combating antisemitism.

Vladi Highland

Vladi Highland ’16, Psy.D.
CLAA Co-Leader

Vladi is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has particular experience treating adolescents struggling with mood dysregulation, LGBTQ+ identity, and children with complex developmental trauma. Vladi completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Vladi earned an MS and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England. His qualitative dissertation explored how young adults adopted internationally as children create a coherent story about who they are and the role of adoption in their lives. Vladi earned a BA with a major in psychology from Clark University, where he was involved in quantitative research into substance use and mental health issues among college students. He looks forward to connecting with current as well as former Clarkies through the Clark LGBTQ+ Alumni Association.

Jennifer Laponte

Jennifer Laponte ’16
CLAA Co-Leader

Jennifer graduated from Clark University in 2016 with a major in Political Science and minor in Geography. Following that she worked for several years at StreetScan, examining the quality of street and sidewalk features with visual and mapping software for towns across the US and Canada. She is now taking natural science illustration courses with RISD continuing education with the plan to earn her certificate next spring. She is excited to be part of the Clark LGBTQ+ Alumni Association.

Carlo Morrisey

Carlo Morrisey ’79, Ed.D ’90
CLAA Co-Leader

Carlo is a lifelong resident of Worcester. He received his second bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Clark majoring in English and psychology. He also has a B.S. from Worcester State University (1972). Carlo received his Ed.D. from Clark in 1990 with a concentration in school psychology.

He is a retired school psychologist from the Worcester Public Schools. Carlo previously worked for the Massachusetts Dept. of Youth Services where in he held a variety of positions including counselor, clinical director, program director, and director of clinical services (statewide). Carlo teaches part time at Quinsigamond Community College where he has been an adjunct faculty member since 1982, teaching psychology and sociology courses. For the past four years he has been volunteering at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester. Carlo enjoys writing novels and poetry. He is excited about being involved in Clark’s LGBTQ+ Alumni Affinity Group and looks forward to meeting with students and alumni.

Miranda Valerio

Miranda Valerio ’11
CLAA Co-Leader

Miranda Valerio was born and raised in New Haven, CT—home of the greatest pizza on Earth. She relocated to Atlanta, GA in 2021 and has fallen in love with the community and culture.

Miranda recently stepped into the role of Executive Assistant and Board Manager for South Arts. Previously, she gained experience in many facets of the housing sector, having worked for organizations ranging from a luxury apartment company to managing an affordable housing complex consisting of five towers and housing over 2,000 residents. During this time, she also served as a studio assistant for New Haven artist Maximillian Toth. Most recently she worked in Atlanta at a nonprofit combating youth homelessness. Miranda has always been drawn to the arts, and is passionate about social justice and activism. She is a strong believer that the arts promote healing, empathy, and confidence. She believes in fighting to make the world a better place. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Clark, where she was president of SARC. She remains an active alumna, participating on the Alumni Council and co-founding the Clark LGBTQ+ Alumni Association group.

Jeffrey Lambert '85

Jeffrey Lambert ’85
CLAA Co-Leader

Jeffrey Lambert currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at the Ventura County Community Foundation. Previously, he has served as Community Development Director for the City of Oxnard and City of Ventura. Lambert has a proven track record as a public servant throughout his career and is recognized as a Certified Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He previously owned his own planning and government consulting firm, served as Community Development Director for the City of Santa Clarita, and as the Land Use Manager for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Lambert also served on the national Board of the American Planning Association (APA) and was President of the California Chapter of APA. Lambert graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Urban Planning and previously earned his B.A. degree in Psychology and Government from Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts.

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Attendees at the CLAA Worcester Pride Week Wine Tasting Event


Upcoming Events:

Throughout the year, the CLAA hosts a variety of events, both in-person and virtually. Recent events include:

  • Alumni & Friends Virtual Book Club with Featured Book: “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders” by Jennifer Finney-Boylan, in honor of LGBT History Month
  • Providence Pride Meetup at the Malted Barley and Illuminated Pride Parade
  • Lavender Graduation (view the CLAA greeting to the recent graduates)
  • LGBTQ+ Reception at Reunion Weekend
  • Out in Careers Panel with the Office of Identity, Student Engagement, and Access and Career Connections
  • Alumni & Friends Book Club celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with Professor Rox Samer on their book: “Lesbian Potentiality and Feminist Media in the 1970s” (View the recording)
  • Worcester Pride Week Wine Tasting
  • A Q&A with Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D. on LGBTQ+ family building (View the recording)
  • Highlights of Clark’s LGBTQ+ Heritage featuring Professor Robert Tobin (View the recording)
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