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About the Staff

About the Staff

Professional Staff

Enn Burke, they.them.theirs, Interim Director of LGBT Resources, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

Enn is a trans/non-binary queer person born and raised in Santa Barbara. A first-generation student, Enn attended Santa Barbara City College, but later dropped out due to financial hardship. After working in numerous industries including finance, travel, and technology, Enn returned to higher education to complete their bachelor's degree in Sociology (with a minor in LGBTQ Studies) at UC Santa Barbara. As a non-traditional student, Enn found community in the RCSGD and the McNair Scholars Program. Enn then attended the University of Southern California where they obtained their Master's degree and Ph.D. in Sociology, as well as a graduate certificate in Gender Studies. Their area of expertise is race/gender/class/sexuality in workplaces and in education. Their dissertation and publications focused on inequities within sex work industries. Enn has worked at UCSB for the past five years, and they are passionate about mental health, social justice and dismantling systems of oppression. Enn and their partner live in Santa Barbara with three ridiculously cute Australian Shepherds (they would be happy to share pictures). In their non-work hours, Enn enjoys podcasts, reading, music, and art. They are also a certified makeup artist and drag performer and have more hobbies than is healthy for one person. Enn's core values are Creativity, Integrity, Humor, Equity, and Communication.
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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

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Sky Limon, they.them.theirs.ellos, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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:

RCSGD Advisory Board, LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty Collective

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Alex Eleazar, They.She, GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANT

Hi everyone! I’m Alex Eleazar (they/she), I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in Sociology, a first-generation student, queer and nonbinary, and a Libra. My research focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ immigrants and how they understand and negotiate their identities alongside community. Before UCSB, I attended Smith College and received a degree in Sociology and Gender Studies. I was raised in rural upstate New York and Guatemala. In my limited free time, I love to travel, drink (too much) coffee, cook, and I’m trying to garden (if you have plant tips, let me know!).  I’m excited to be the Graduate Student Assistant and look forward to helping create spaces for LGBTQ+ graduate and undergraduate students alongside the awesome team at the RCSGD!


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

Doza is a first-year Ph.D. Student in the Linguistics program at UC Santa Barbara. Their research interests include Drag/Ballroom Studies, Sociocultural Linguistics, Semiotics, Sociophonetics, Queer Latinx/Puerto Rican Studies, and Performance Studies. They are currently working on a project documenting discourses of embodiment in the Puerto Rican Ballroom scene and the linguistic change intertwined with trans activism in the archipelago.

As the RCSGD’s Graduate Assistant for Education Initiatives, they are interested in providing accessible training opportunities as we navigate the challenges of this pandemic. They also aim to review our current Queer and Trans Identities and Experiences Seminars (QTies) and ensure the curriculum particularly addresses the needs of queer and trans folks of color. Prior to arriving at UCSB, Doza 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. Bienvenidxs al RCSGD!
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