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Betsy Kaminski

Director of Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE)
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Betsy 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

Programs and Operations Coordinator
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Jamiee is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She researches twentieth and twenty-first century queer, feminist, and anti-racist politics as they shape contemporary literature by or about those who reside at the intersections of identity: queer women, women of color, and the trans and gender nonconforming community. She loves teaching and is interested in exploring feminist, queer, and anti-racist pedagogies. Jamiee lives in Goleta, California, with her fiancé Amy and their cat-child, Oliver.

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Anna Hernandez

Women's Center Office Manager
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Anna works hard to budget and finance for the department and supervise the Administrative Coordinators. She has been working at the Women’s Center for 21 years and working with students has been very rewarding to her. Anna is a Goleta native and enjoys reading, scrapbooking, card making, sewing, and teaches swing and ballroom dancing on campus. She also has a house rabbit named “Zoom” who keeps her company.

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Carmen Keys

Administrative Coordinator
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Carmen is an administrative coordinator at the Women’s Center. She is a fourth year majoring in sociology and psych and brain sciences with a certificate in technology management and is really interested in family dynamics, social relationships, as well as advocating for feminist issues and topics such as reproductive health. She also loves to cook, tend to her house plants, explore nature, and listen to podcasts!

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Mariana Benitez Arreola

Administrative Coordinator
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Mariana is a second year undergraduate majoring in Sociology and Latin American and Iberian studies. She is pursuing a career involving journalism where she plans to write about minority issues. In her free time she dances, hikes, writes poetry and gardens. She is excited to be a part of the Women’s Center and delve into feminist issues.

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Olivia Briones

Administrative Coordinator
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Olivia is a fourth year student here at UCSB majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Applied Psychology. She is very excited to work at the Women’s Center and is honored to share this space with her fellow Women’s Center staff and the UCSB community. Olivia hopes to create a safe space for people of all identities, to share their experiences and learn from each other. She looks forward to seeing you all at the Women’s Center!

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Zoe DiGennaro

Administrative Coordinator
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Zoe is a third year at UC Santa Barbara pursuing an Environmental Studies degree and a Feminist Studies minor. She is an administrative coordinator at the Women's Center. In her free time she enjoys creating art, writing poetry, watching movies, and collecting eccentric items. She is excited for her year at the Women's Center and to continue her feminist research, as well as working alongside other feminists.

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Sydney Sullivan

Administrative Coordinator
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Sydney is a third year double major in Communication and Feminist Studies with a minor in Applied Psychology. In her free time she works at Cat Therapy, takes ballet classes, and listens to podcasts.

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Mallika Gupta

WGSE Volunteer and Mentorship Coordinator
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Mallika is a fourth year student pursuing a major in Financial Math & Statistics and a minor in Feminist Studies. She deeply enjoyed connecting with the campus community through the Volunteer and Mentorship programs last year and is looking forward to continuing this work. Mallika is passionate about creating spaces, particularly in communities of color and STEM fields, that draw people into discussion about intersectionality and social justice. In her free time Mallika enjoys playing the guitar and is a member of UCSB’s only all-women a cappella group.

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Viviana Valle

Graduate Student Programmer
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Viviana is a PhD student in the Department of Feminist Studies at UCSB. Their research focuses on movement building within the sex worker movement to decriminalize sex work, specifically via digital spaces and mutual aid. Their research interests broadly span through queer studies, performance studies, Chicane Studies, and social movements. On their time off, Viviana likes to sew, roller skate, and figure out if her cat actually likes her.

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Arsya Sinha

Student Programmer
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Arsya is a third year majoring in Biology and Religious Studies. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine as an OB/GYN and wants to advocate for women and minorities to have their voices heard in the healthcare setting. She wants to emphasize the importance of equity within a college campus and provide safe spaces to address social issues that are pertinent within her community. In her free time, she enjoys finding new music, learning pottery, and playing intramural volleyball.

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Leah Fullerton

Student Programmer
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Leah is a second year student pursuing a major in Psychology & Brain Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is thrilled to join the WGSE department this year and connect with the campus community. Leah is inspired by values of community care, mindfulness, art, and social justice. She looks forward to collaborating and working to shape programs that exchange oppressive conditionings of society for compassion and healing.

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Kylie McCreary

Student Programmer
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Kylie is a 4th year student at UC Santa Barbara majoring in English. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism and media production that addresses and investigates feminist issues. In her free time she enjoys taking dance and yoga classes, reading, writing and listening to podcasts.

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Samantha (Sammie) Chen

Digital Media Specialist
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Samantha (Sammie) is a 5th year student majoring in Aquatic Biology. She is spending her extra (and final) year at UCSB on career development by working at the Women's Center as well as at emLab as a communications assistant. In addition to her jobs she is an undergrad researcher at the Froehlich Lab and an activist in a disabilities rights group--Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities in California (APIDC). Her favorite hobbies are dancing, singing, graphics designing, and gaming. She hopes to make the world a better place through creativity, research, and activism.