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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 RIOZ, THEY.THEM.THEIRS, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF LGBT RESOURCES

Quinn is a Chicanx, Queer, Trans Nonbinary 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

SOLAIRE DENAUD, SHE.HER.HERS, GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANT

Solaire (she/her/hers) is a second-year doctoral student in the Comparative Literature Program at UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests include Environmental Humanities, Animal Studies, and Race Studies in Francophone and Anglophone media. She is particularly interested in the ways ‘non-human’ and ‘sub-human’ are represented in movies.

On-campus, she acts as both QTGSU (Queer and Trans Graduate Student Union)’s Event Coordinator and RCSGD (Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity)’s Graduate Student Assistant. As the RCSGD’s Graduate Student Assistant, Solaire wishes to cultivate spaces for Queer and Trans graduate and undergraduate students. Focusing on Black and Queer/Trans students is particularly important to her, as she strongly believes that community building facilitates resilience.

Prior to entering Graduate School in Santa Barbara, Solaire was studying Environmental Philosophy in the French National Museum of Natural History/La Sorbonne (Paris) and practicing scientific drawing as a hobby. Raised in a French and Haitian family, Solaire enjoys discovering new Black writers and illustrators. Most of her free time is dedicated to reading, drawing while listening to music, experimenting with Vegan cuisine, and trying to find a way to meet an actual mermaid. 

Committee Work: 

Queer and Trans Graduate Student Union, Mentorship Program Board


 

 

 

Solaire, Grad Assistant Photo

JORDAN TUDISCO, THEY.THEM, GRADUATE ASSISTANT FOR EDUCATION INITIATIVES

Hello everyone! My name is Jordan, I use they/them pronouns, and I am a queer and non-binary graduate student in the program of Comparative Literature. My research focuses on trans studies broadly defined, especially in terms of narratives, language, rights, and healing. I am originally from France but I have been living in Santa Barbara and working on campus since 2013 (oof!). This is my second year working for the RCSGD and I am very excited to be the new Graduate Assistant for Education Initiatives! I look forward to collaborating with Quinn, Alex, and the rest of the team, to continue expanding and improving our Queer and Trans Identities and Experiences Seminars (QTies). My goal for this coming year is to create a series of 201 seminars and reach even more members of our campus community so as to reduce and hopefully eliminate the barriers faced by queer and trans students, staff and faculty at UCSB. I also have other responsibilities on campus through which I am attempting to enact meaningful changes for queer and trans folks facing issues with housing, student health, the climate in departments and programs, or sexual assault and sexual violence. In my free time, I mainly watch Food Network and HGTV, play video-games, and take care of my four-year-old Siberian husky Nova (she’s the love of my life!). 

Committee Work: 

Queer and Trans Graduate Student Union, Graduate Student Association


 


Jordan Tudisco, Grad Assistant for Education Photo