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About the Staff

About the Staff

Professional Staff

Craig Leets, he.him.his, Director of LGBT Resources

Craig has been doing LGBTQ advocacy work on college campuses since 2006. He came to UCSB in July 2018 to lead the RCSGD. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Craig served as the Director of Queer Student Services for the Queer Resource Center (QRC) at Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, OR. During his time at PSU, Craig added two full-time staff positions to the QRC, supported the creation of an All Gender Restroom Building Standard to increase the number of inclusive restroom options on campus, and oversaw two physical renovations to the center, which resulted in more space for LGBTQ students. Before PSU, Craig worked at Penn State University as the Assistant Director for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally (LGBTA) Student Resource Center. Before working at Penn State, Craig was a Resident Director at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where he worked on gender-inclusive housing, an inclusive language campaign, and a coming out support group for students. Also, he completed his Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Personnel Services with a focus in College Student Personnel while at UMD. Before moving to Maryland, he attended Chapman University in Orange, CA, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Leadership and Organizational Studies. Craig is originally from Las Vegas, NV, and loves coffee, movies, and spending time with Pumpkin, his French bulldog.

Committee Work:

Trans Task Force, Campus Community Council, Dean of Student Life Leadership, Dream Scholars Resource Team, Mental Health Task Force

Craig Leets Photo

QUINN SOLIS, THEY.THEM.THEIRS, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF LGBT RESOURCES

Quinn is a Chicanx, Queer, Trans Educator, and Star Wars nerd from a galaxy far, far, away (Oxnard, CA). They began working at the Center in January 2019. Quinn has a background in nonprofit and social work. They have served in various positions supporting underserved families, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, runaway, homeless, and LGBTQ+ youth in Ventura County. Prior to moving back to Southern CA from the San Francisco Bay Area, they were supporting queer and trans students at San Francisco State University (SFSU) as the Director of the Associated Students’ Queer & Trans Resource Center (QTRC). During their time at QTRC, they founded and facilitated Gender Spectrum, a peer-to-peer support group for LGBTQ+ students of color and facilitated workshops surrounding LGBTQ+ student experiences in higher education. They graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California Lutheran University and pursued a Master of Arts in Education concentration in Special Interest at SFSU. Their Master’s thesis centers the voices and resilience strategies of trans students of color. Quinn’s life passion and work is to empower and cultivate spaces for queer and trans people of color. They believe reinforcing resilience through community building can be the greatest form of resistance. Quinn loves to travel, cook, and spending time at the beach with their partner and two fur babies, Taco de Papa and Simon.

Committee Work:

Trans Task Force, Direct Service Team

Quinn Solis, Associate Director, Picture

DWAYNE MOSBEY, HE.HIM.HIS, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Dwayne graduated from UCSB in June 2018 with a major in Global studies and minor in German. He began working at the Center in September 2018 and currently serves at the Chair of the All-Gender Restroom Committee on the Trans Task Force. His activism began during his time here as a student, he was involved with the Queer Trans Community (formerly known as the Queer Student Union) as co-chair, chaired the Associated Students Public Safety Commission for two years and co-founded the UCIV volunteer program which acts a a mediator between local law enforcement, students and community members in Isla Vista. He also worked in Washington D.C. as an intern for Congressman Mark Takano, the first openly gay POC in Congress, where he assisted with research for legislation pertaining to veterans affairs, congressional spending and LGBTQ+ rights. Dwayne considers his hometown to be wherever his family is, which is currently Las Vegas, NV and he loves comics, drag, and hunting for the latest foodie trends.

Committee Work:

Trans Task Force, Black Resource Committee, Military Resource Committee

Dwayne Mosbey

EUGENE RIORDAN, HE.HIM.HIS, GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANT

Eugene is a second-year graduate student in the Global Studies department, and his research interests include international incarceration, morality crises, critical utopic historical revisionism, and state securitization of sexual and gender norms. He is also a board member for the Queer & Trans Graduate Student Union (QTGSU), is active within his department and the Graduate Student Union, and is part of multiple mentoring programs on campus. He graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations. While at Colgate, Eugene was involved with the LGBTQ Initiatives Office, conducting Safe Zone trainings and supporting student groups on campus. He also was in charge of the queer social club, mentored students one-on-one, and wrote a weekly article for the student newspaper titled “Queer Corner.” Most recently before UCSB Eugene was teaching Ballroom and Latin dance in New York City, and before that taught English in Thailand. He is originally from Butte, Montana, and is very passionate about audiobooks, floral prints, and trying not to get sunburned in the California sunshine.  

Committee Work: 

Queer and Trans Graduate Student Union


Eugene Riordan, Grad Assistant Photo