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Betsy Kaminski

Director of Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE)
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Betsy Kaminski is the Director of Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity, which encompasses the Women’s Center and the Non-Traditional Student Resource Center. She came to UCSB after spending eleven years as a faculty member at a public university in Connecticut. She enjoyed teaching courses on subjects such as social movements, LGBTQ communities, research methods, and the sociology of music, but decided that she preferred working with students outside of the classroom on programs that reach across the university community. Influenced by her academic background in social movements, Betsy’s approach in mentoring students is to support them in identifying their strengths, envisioning their goals, and building coalitions in pursuit of social justice.

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Jamiee Cook

Graduate Student Assistant
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Jamiee is a third year PhD student in the English Department and the Women's Center Graduate Assistant. She studies feminist coalitionism, critical race studies, and queer women writers in the 20th century. As the Women's Center Graduate Assistant, she is passionate about providing safe discussion spaces for undergraduate and graduate students on campus, encouraging feminist pedagogical interventions in classrooms, and creating strong coalitions between campus partners to ensure gender and sexual equity for marginalized communities.

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Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Student Programmer
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Elizabeth is a fourth year pursuing a major in Feminist Studies and Sociology. She started out as a volunteer for the Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity Department during her freshman year and will begin her third year working for the department. Through her work at the Women’s Center, Elizabeth hopes to promote intersectional feminism, spread body positivity amongst young adults, and aid women of color. She is also a proud sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

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Petrona Garcia

Student Programmer
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Petrona is a fourth year pursuing a double major in Feminsit Studies and Sociology with a Black Studies Minor. They are excited for their second year at WGSE! They are looking forward to continue creating meaningful and educational programming relating to intersectionality, colonialism, patriarchy, and interracial/interethnic solidarity. Petrona is passionate about social justice issues and she looks towards people like Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Rigoberta Menchú, to name a few, as sources of inspiration and hope.

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Shelsea Sanchez

Student Programmer
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Shelsea is a fourth year student pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Feminist Studies. They are looking forward to their second year working with WGSE. Their goals for this year are to collaborate with more organizations and campus departments to educate and bring awareness to social justice issues not only on this campus but in our respective communities as well. One of their favorite quotes is, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains,” by Assata Shakur. She strongly believes through collective power and solidarity, we can reimagine our futures.

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Ana Yensi Hernandez-Villasenor

Student Programmer
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Ana is a second year student pursuing a double major in Biopsychology and Chicano Studies. She is looking forward to collaborating with campus departments and organizations in order to bring awareness to health care resources and public health legislation not just for the campus community but for marginalized communities outside of UCSB. She is passionate about breaking down barriers between minorities and receiving adequate medical care while also bringing historical awareness to these issues. In her free time she is volunteering or at the beach.

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Carmen Keys

Administrative Coordinator
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Hi! My name is Carmen Keys and I'm a Psychological and Brain Sciences major. This is my second year at UCSB and my favorite one yet. I'm excited for the rest of the year at the Women's Center and WGSE as a whole. I love the atmosphere of support and empowerment we hold through programs, our facilities, and events. I'm really passionate about equality and supporting one another. I strive to be kind and help others whenever I'm able to and being a part of this community gives me a way to do that which I appreciate so much.

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Mallika Gupta

WGSE Volunteer and Mentorship Coordinator
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Mallika is a third year student pursuing a double major in Feminist Studies and Financial Math & Statistics. After working as a programmer for the Women’s Center in her sophomore year, she is looking forward to stepping into the role of Volunteer and Mentorship Coordinator for WGSE. Mallika is passionate about creating spaces, particularly in communities of color and STEM fields, that draw people in to intersectional discussion about social justice issues. Her goal for the year is to foster a sense of community through mentorship and gatherings among all those who are interested in the issues addressed by the WGSE department. In her free time Mallika enjoys playing the guitar and is a member of 2 different acapella groups at UCSB.

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Melody Li

WGSE Web Editor/Digital Media Specialist
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Melody is a fourth year student pursuing a double major in Communication and Sociology. She is excited to be joining the WGSE Department this year as she is passionate about raising awareness for social justice issues surrounding marginalized communities. Through digital media and collaboration with the incredible staff members, she hopes to help create a safe and informative space at the WGSE centers.