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About the Career Staff

About the Career Staff

QUINN RIOZ, THEY.THEM.ELLE, DIRECTOR OF LGBT RESOURCES

Quinn is a Chicanx, Queer, Trans Nonbinary Educator, consultant, and Star Wars nerd from a galaxy far, far, away (Oxnard, CA). They began working at the Center in January 2019 as the Associate Director and became the Director in November 2021. During their time at UCSB, Quinn has worked with students, staff, and faculty to create resources, educational initiatives, and affirming spaces for trans and queer students while advocating for institutional change that address some of the systemic oppression LGBTQIA+ people experience.

Quinn has a background in nonprofit and social work. They have served in various positions supporting underserved families, survivors of interpersonal violence, runaway, houseless, and LGBTQIA+ youth. Quinn is a first generation college student that 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. They currently lecture at SFSU and teach a queering education course where QTBIPOC identities and experiences in education are the focus.

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 traveling, camping, cooking, and spending time at the beach with their wife and two fur babies, Taco de Papa and Simon.

Committee Work:

LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty Collective, UCSB Resource Center Group, Trans Week of Visibility, Lavender Graduation

Want to schedule a meeting with Quinn?

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Sky Limon, they.them.theirs.ellos, Associate Director of LGBT Resources

Sky is a Latinx, Pansexual, and non-binary human born and raised in Los Angeles. They came to Santa Barbara to study Sociology at UCSB (go Gauchos!) and started their professional career at UCSB shortly after. Sky also holds a Master of Science in Communication from Purdue University and considers themselves a lifelong learner. Where there is an opportunity for learning, there is an opportunity for growth. They are passionate about creating safe and inclusive spaces for marginalized communities. They are particularly drawn and resonate with the experiences of folks who are Latinx and LGBTQ+. Sky understands the power of intersectionalities and how they can affect folks from showing up in different spaces. Sky lives with their caring partner in an RV full-time, with four of the most
down to earth and loving furbabies. They enjoy gazing at the moon with their telescope, grilling yummy dinners, cuddling and raising their furbabies, trying new things, hiking and listening to music 24/7. Got any song recommendations? Send them their way!

Committee Work:

Direct Service Team

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Marco Muñoz, he.him.his.el, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Marco is a Queer and Trans Latino UCSB alumn from Los Angeles, California. He graduated with the Class of 2022 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Brain Sciences. He started working with the RCSGD in the second year of his Undergraduate Career as an Office Assistant before transitioning into the roles of Volunteer Coordinator (2019-2022), Interim Program Coordinator (2021-June 2022), and currently the Program Coordinator position. While earning his Bachelor's Degree and working for the RCSGD, Marco was also an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Social Cognitive Development Lab where he worked on completing his Senior Honors Thesis focusing on children's perceptions of biracial children's identity claims. He draws strength, inspiration, hope, and courage from his ties to his QT and POC identity and community. His goal for the time he spends with the RCSGD is to create affirming spaces for folks from marginalized communities. Marco resonates with undergraduate students, particularly those who also are a part of the Queer and Trans Latinx community. Outside of his professional role, Marco spends time searching through local bookstores for QT books, scrolling through social media, and listening to music as a way to heal and escape into his daydreams. Come talk to him about program suggestions, volunteering opportunities, and ways to get involved on campus!

Committee Work:

Queer Trans Leadership Council, Trans Week of Visibility, Lavender Graduation 

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Marco

Graduate Student Staff

Alex Eleazar, They.She, GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANT & Graduate Assistant for LGBTQIA+ Wellness

Hi everyone! I’m Alex Eleazar (they/she pronouns), I’m a third-year Latinx Ph.D. student in Sociology, a first-generation college student, queer and nonbinary, and a Libra. My research focuses on LGBTQ+ identity, Central America, and migration. My Master’s thesis centered on the experiences of LGBTQ+ immigrants and community building. I attended Smith College and majored in Sociology and gender studies. Before that, I was raised in rural upstate New York and Guatemala. In my limited free time, I love to travel, drink (too much) coffee, and cook. 


In my role as the Grad Assistant, I work on all events involving LGBTQ+ graduate students at the center and manage the grad student RCSGD Newsletter. As the new Graduate Assistant for LGBTQIA+ Wellness, I develop health related events and information. Feel free to reach out to me anytime! 


Alex
 

 

 

Dozandri (Doza) C. Mendoza, MA, THEY.THEM, GRADUATE ASSISTANT FOR EDUCATION INITIATIVES

Dozandri or Doza (they.them.elle) is a second-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics, boricua (Puerto Rican) and cubanx, queer and genderfluid, and a Cancer originally from Miami, FL. Their research focuses on a performance ethnographic/autoethnographic project on cuir/trans nightlife in San Juan, discourse analytic and semiotic analyses of Puerto Rico’s Ballroom scene, and larger themes related to cuir/trans Latinx performance. They hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Linguistics and have completed graduate coursework in education.

They are responsible for education initiatives at the RCSGD including the Queer and Trans Identities and Experience Seminars (QTies) and also are available to provide support to students, faculty, and staff regarding creating and inclusive infrastructure within their respective organizations and departments. Prior to arriving at UCSB, Dozandri worked in diversity & inclusion offices in both Tennessee and Utah and is excited to be back serving in a role that prioritizes advocacy for marginalized students. 

Doza