Josh Kinchen joined the ODIME team in February of 2018. He serves as Associate Director for LGBTQ Resources. Within this role, he supervises the team in LGBTQ Resources office and also provides guidance on training development in ODIME and LGBTQ Resources.
He previously worked as the Student Program Coordinator in Student Government Association, working with the Allies & Safe Zones program, the Pride Student Union, Congress of Graduate Students, and other initiatives, at Florida State University. Prior to his career in higher education, Josh served in the United States Marine Corps. Due to this experience, his Master’s thesis was focused on the experiences of LGB military veterans in their undergraduate college experience. This research is soon to be published, to help inform the intersections of support for LGBTQ students, military veterans, and LGBTQ military veterans on college campuses.
Mr. Kinchen hails from Slidell, LA, which is in the greater New Orleans area. He also spent many years in Wilmington, NC, which he considers another hometown. In his spare time, he collects comic books (25 years and counting), goes to movies regularly, follows his home state football team (Geaux Saints!), and spending time with his partner Denise and their cats Dingy and Monkey.
He holds an associate’s degree in Pre-Sociology from Cape Fear Community, a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.