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About the Staff

About the Staff

Professional Staff

QUINN RIOZ, THEY.THEM.THEIRS, 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 as the Associate Director and moved into the Director role in November 2021. Quinn has a background in nonprofit and social work. They have served in various positions supporting underserved families, survivors of interpersoanl violence, runaway, homeless, and LGBTQIA+ 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, 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:

RCSGD Advisory Board, LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty Collective

 

 

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

Marco is a Queer and Trans Latino undergraduate 4th-year student at UCSB born and raised in Los Angeles. He is in the process of completing his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Brain Sciences. He started working with the RCSGD in his second year as an Office Assistant before transitioning into the roles of Volunteer Coordinator (2019-Present) and Interim Program Coordinator (2021-Present). Marco is also an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Social Cognitive Development Lab where he is currently working 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 academic and professional roles, Marco spends time searching through local bookstores for QT books, scrolling through social media for the latest quick dinner ideas, and practicing mindfulness through music meditation and intentional direction of his focus and energy (which is usually directed through learning new songs on his electric bass). Come talk to him about program suggestions, volunteering opportunities, and the latest-and-greatest QT media!

Committee Work:

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

 

 

 

Marco

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!


Alex
 

 

 

Dozandri (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!
Doza