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Jamiee Cook


  Title: Graduate Student Assistant
  Email: Jcook@ucsb.edu

  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


Title: Student Programmer
Email:
enruvalcaba@ucsb.edu
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elizabeth Ruvalcaba is a third year Sociology and Feminist Studies double major. She started out as a volunteer for the WGSE department during her first year and now works for the Women’s Center as a student programmer. 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. During the rest of her years at UCSB, she plans to get involved in more women-empowering organizations. It is a goal for her to intern at an feminist foundation that assists women entrepreneurs. 

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Shelsea Sanchez


Title: Student Programmer
Email: shelsea@ucsb.edu 
Pronouns:  She/They

Shelsea Sanchez is a third year Political Science Major with a minor in Feminist Studies. As a first-generation Latinx student, they have been involved in various social justice spaces from labor organizing to serving unrepresented youth of the Santa Barbara area as the co-chair of M.U.J.E.R. (Marginalized Genders United for Justice, Education, and Revolution). Through their work at the Women’s Center, they hope to address gender inequality and social injustice by creating a safe space to foster community and awareness. Their goal is to address Central American erasure and work with the immigrant community to provide them with access to resources and services.

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Valeryee Jimenez


Title: Student Programmer
Email: valeryeejimenez@ucsb.edu
Pronouns: She/They

Valeryee is a fourth year Theater Major with a Feminist Studies minor. This is their second year working at the Women's Center and they hope to continue building community and raising campus consciousness through their programs. They are passionate about challenging the gender binary and creating feminist spaces that advocate for all marginalized genders. Their long term goal is to bridge activism with their passion for theater and art.

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Ashley Rusch


Title: Administrative Coordinator
Email: ashleyrusch@ucsb.edu 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ashley Rusch is a second year Communication major who is originally from South Pasadena, California. New to the WGSE team this year, she is thrilled to work within a community of such intelligent, powerful women. Ashley is passionate about reproductive justice, sexual assault/violence prevention, and providing spaces for marginalized communities. In her free time, Ashley enjoys writing for the Daily Nexus and sailing with the JV sailing team. Feel free to stop by the Women's Center to say hi!

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Winter Sierra 


Title: Administrative Coordinator
Email: wintersierra@ucsb.edu 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Winter is a fourth year Sociology major with double minors in Applied Psychology and Education. She is an activist with Sunrise Movement, a member of the Sociology Honors Thesis cohort, a tutor/mentor for local high schoolers, and a research assistant in the Applied Psychology department. On the weekends, you'll find her spending time anywhere outside that isn't too cold! Winter loves her role at the Women's Center, because it provides an avenue to advocate for marginalized identities through passive programs and serve the campus community.
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Carmen Keys


Title: Administrative Coordinator
Email: carmenkeys@ucsb.edu 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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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Itzayana Lopez


Title: Administrative Coordinator
Email: i_lopez@ucsb.edu 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hello! My name is Itzayana Lopez and I am a fourth year double major in Global Studies and Sociology with a minor in Spanish. This is my first year working here and I am really excited about learning more about this center. I wanted to work here because I would spend every day at the center and I liked the environment. Now as an employee, I hope I can learn more about the resources that we have in order to help others through passives or just by welcoming them into the center and offering a friendly face so that they can enjoy it and feel comfortable and welcomed the way I did.

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Kellie McManamon


Title: Administrative Coordinator
Email: kelliemcmanamon@ucsb.edu
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hello there! My name is Kellie McManamon. I am a fourth year student double majoring in Communication and Sociology. I am originally from Simi Valley, CA. I am active on UCSB's campus as a research assistant for women's movements and reproductive justice, an intern at Assembly member Limon's office, and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. This is my second year working as an administrative coordinator at the Women's Center. I am incredibly fortunate to work in a space where I can create passives and programs that aim to advocate for reproductive rights, gender equality, and  the representation of more women in positions of power. On my free time, I enjoy collecting sea glass, watching Netflix, and examining U.S. legislation. Come visit the Women's Center and feel free to say hi!
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Elsy Pinto


Title: Administrative Coordinator
Email: lsypinto@ucsb.edu 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I'm a fourth year Sociology major and History minor 
from Fairfield, CA.  I enjoy listening to music, loving on my pets, and spending time with my family. I love being involved on campus and working at the Women's Center has allowed me to expand the knowledge and resources this department provides for our community. If anyone ever needs information on resources on campus or just wants to have a friendly conversation you can almost always find me at the Women's Center!

Hanna Kiefer

Hanna Kiefer


Title: WGSE Programming & Administrative Staff Member
Email: hkiefer@ucsb.edu
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hanna Kiefer is a fourth year Feminist Studies and Sociology double major. This is her second year with the WGSE and she is ecstatic about the opportunity to continue working in her position. Through her role as Programming & Administrative Coordinator, Hanna co-facilitates the Women in STEM Mentorship Program on campus and coordinates the WGSE Volunteer Program. She is very passionate about the work she gets to do with the WGSE because as an activist and an intersectional feminist, she believes that equity and social change are attainable triumphs through open dialogue, inclusivity, and physical spaces like the WGSE.


Catalina Fernandez

Catalina Fernandez


Title: WGSE Web Editor
Email: catalina_fernandez@ucsb.edu 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Catalina Fernandez is a senior honors student pursuing a double-major in Communication and Film/Media Studies and a minor in Multimedia Communication Writing. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Orange County, California, her academic and creative work seeks to celebrate and challenge conventions of cultural identity, language barriers, feminism, and minority representation in media. She is ecstatic to join the WGSE Department this year and take on the role of Web Editor. With her position, she is committed to facilitating safe, informative, and compassionate digital spaces and supporting the various WGSE centers. After graduation, she plans to apply an intersectional feminist approach to a career in entertainment media.