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University of Maryland
Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy
Lorae V. Bonamy-Lohve was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania and attended private Christian elementary schools and predominately white public middle and high schools. This context informed her decision to attend Temple University, which at the time referred to itself as “Diversity University,” in order to join a community of scholars from various backgrounds. During college, Lorae was very active in the gospel choir and other Christian student organizations, wherein it was emotionally and psychologically unsafe to come out as a queer person. In order to positively impact the lives of other students like her, Lorae chose to pursue a master's degree in Higher Education Counseling from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. It was there that she gained the tools and knowledge to begin reconciling her religious identity with her sexual identity. In the Fall of 2022, Lorae will be a third-year doctoral student at the University of Maryland studying Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy. She plans to continue building her research agenda around racialized religious oppression, racialized heterosexism, and inclusive campus environments. Upon completion of the program, Lorae hopes to work as a student affairs professor or practitioner at the intersection of faith and sexuality, increasing the number of LGBTQIA+ affirming religious organizations on college campuses.