Staff Directory

    Aracely Aceves Lozano, M.S.

  • Headshot of Aracely Aceves LozanoTitle: Undocumented Student Services (USS) Academic Counselor
    Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
    Office Location: Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)

    Greetings Slugs! My name is Aracely Aceves Lozano. I was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from college as a first-generation undocumented student, earning my B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish from Cal Poly, SLO. I then spent five years in the non-profit sector supporting health and education organizations before returning to school to complete a M.S. in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs. My role as the Undocumented Student Services (USS) Academic Counselor exists under the umbrella of the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) office and I am partnering intentionally with the Resource Centers in order to highlight the intersectional experiences of undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz. Please schedule an appointment with me to learn more about the resources available to undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz. In my free time I enjoy going on hikes, gardening, and biking along bluff trails in Santa Cruz. I love to talk about plants and day to day life and I can't wait to meet you!

    Want to chat over zoom? Schedule a meeting HERE

  • Benedicto Borja Llave, M.Ed.

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    Title: Program Coordinator, Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center
    Pronouns: name/he/they
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (Bay Tree Building)

    Benedicto Borja Llave (name/he/they) is a proud queer Filipino/x American child of immigrants, and the first in his family to earn a graduate degree, a Master’s of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from University of Vermont. Benedicto is a proud alum of Napa Valley College and UC Berkeley, and roots himself in his experiences as a student activist at UC Berkeley’s Pilipinx Academic Student Services, the Asian Pacific American Student Development Office, as well as the teachings of transformative justice leaders adrienne maree brown and Mia Mingus. Benedicto is an Aquarius sun, Cancer moon, and Sagittarius rising, ISFP/J depending on the weather, and is a blue-gold leadership color.

    Benedicto's values and passions within and expansive of higher education include: healing, self-determination, and wholeness especially for and with queer and trans Black, Indigenous and People of Color (QTBIPOC) communities, (re)aligning with our inherent body-mind-soul wisdom, sleeping a minimum of 8 hours a night, playing tennis, existing outdoors generally, laughing with friends, and decluttering!

  • delfín w. bautista, MSW, MDiv.

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    Title: Director, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center
    Pronouns: they/them and/or elle/elles and/or just delfín
    Office Location: Currently Remote
    Cellular: (831) 291-5790
    delfin is a social worker, writer, activist theologian, and diversity educator. Originally from Miami, FL, delfin is of both Cuban and Salvadoran heritage. delfin has a Master in Divinity from Yale University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. A queer and trans Latinx diva of faith and spirit, delfin is passionate about intersectional justice and resilience, especially around the experiences of queer people of color. delfin enjoys writing, cooking, spoiling other people’s pets, eating, queerly scheming, watching cartoons, spending time with their beloved and familia, untraditional liturgizing, and new found passion for gardening, 

  • Ky Valentín Borunda, B.A.

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    Title: Trans Education Specialist, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center
    Pronouns: He/Him
    Phone: 831-275-2623
    Office Location: Lionel Cantú Queer Center

    Ky is the Trans Education Specialist at the Lionel Cantú Center. He grew up in South Central L.A. and is the transgender son of Mexican Immigrants. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies and reps Berkeley hard *Go Bears*! In his role as Trans Education Specialist he supports Trans, Non-binary, Gender Nonconforming, Gender Queer, and Gender Questioning students with identity exploration, navigating coming out, wellness planning, accessing HRT, career development, and referrals to other support services. Outside of his working life, Ky is a father to a 2.5-year-old Labrador-Chow dog named Luna. He enjoys gaming and some of his favorite games are Animal Crossing, Crash Bandicoot, and Mario Kart. Currently, he is learning how to solve Rubik's Cubes which has been a lifelong goal. Ky is available for 1:1 appointments with students, staff, and faculty as well as available to develop and present trainings for your department/unit.

    Fun fact: He is a Cancer Sun, Aries Moon, and Leo Rising

    Want to chat over zoom? Schedule a meeting HERE

  • Melissa Chimwaza, B.A.

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    Title: Program Coordinator, African American Resource and Cultural Center
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Phone: 614-432-4489
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Centers (Bay Tree Building)

    Melissa Chimwaza is the Program Coordinator for the African American Resource and Cultural Center. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Human Biology & Society where she first was exposed to an Ethnic Resource Center which supported her academic journey and allowed her to thrive. Now, Melissa is dedicated to the planning and execution of programs that will engage, inspire and uplift UCSC’s African/Black/Caribbean students. She is eager to build community and work with students to create the programs that will best serve them. Melissa grounds her work and values in critical race & feminist theories and aspires to support BIPOC students in their own journeys within higher education.

  • Cameron J. de León, B.A.S.

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    Title: Financial and Resource Specialist / Office Manager
    Pronouns: Him/They/El/Ellx
    Phone: 831-459-5999
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Centers (Bay Tree Building)

    Cameron J. de León, he/they (B.A.S. in Psychology & Womxn’s and Gender Studies, UC Davis). Cameron is from Salinas, CA and began his career at UCSC in Sept. 2013. They identify as a Queer, Trans, Mixed Xicanx, Genderfluid, femme boi. He supervises the ERC Assistants and works directly with all RC staff and students, focusing on fiscal and administrative tasks. Cameron has initiated and works closely on many projects including the ERC Gallery, ERC Pantry, RC Podcast, T-Camp, QTPOC Conference, and also serves on the planning committee for the local Latinx LGBTQ+ Film Festival as a member of the Semillas Project. His passions include youth leadership development, social justice education, QT/POC liberation, and prison abolition with the ultimate goal of dismantling white supremacy & heteropatriarchy.

  • Abbygale González, B.A.

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    Title: Program Coordinator, Womxn's Center
    Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
    Phone: 831-459-2072
    Virtual Office Hours: Tuesdays 12pm-3pm, Zoom Meeting ID: 997 1374 4111
    Office Location: Womxn's Center at Cardiff House 

    Abbygale González is the Womxn's Center Program Coordinator at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a first-generation college graduate from Watsonville, CA. She received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of California, Irvine. Her passions lie in advancing gender equity, grassroots organizing, dismantling white supremacy and the empowerment of minoritized communities. She has served her community through her participation in various local nonprofits and community organizations, such as the Watsonville Film Festival, Digital NEST and Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County. In her previous role at UCSC, she served as the Quarry Amphitheater’s Event Management and Production Coordinator, organizing an array of live music events as well as on-campus programming. She is a Community Volunteer with Monarch Services and is currently serving on the Santa Cruz County Latino Affairs Commission.

  • Carlos Gutierrez, B.A.

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    Title: Program Coordinator, Chicanx Latinx Resource Center
    Pronouns: He/They
    Phone: 831-459-5449
    Virtual Office Hours: Tuesdays 2pm-4pm PST, by appointment only 
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Centers (Bay Tree Building)

    Carlos Gutierrez (He/They) is the Program Coordinator at El Centro, the Chicanx Latinx Resource Center. He decided to apply for this position after having worked for the RCs during his undergrad career and seeing just how much impact the cultural and identity centers had on him. As a young professional his goal is to learn as much as possible and prepare himself and the students who he works with for life after UCSC.

  • Autumn Johnson, M.A.

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    Title: Director, African American Resource and Cultural Center 
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Centers (Bay Tree Building)

    Autumn Johnson (She/Her/Hers) is a proud alumni of UCSC (B.A. Sociology - Kresge), and the Director of the African American Resource and Cultural Center. As a student, she was active in the SOMeCA space— specifically CAD, SOAR, and e2. Autumn holds her M.A. in Equity and Social Justice in Education from San Francisco State University. She previously brought her passion for community building and social justice principled work to her professional role at San Francisco State. Autumn is dedicated to continually evolving and is passionate about community-based organizing, environmental equity, interrogating carceral systems, and youth development. In her free time, she enjoys camping, reading, and watching Star Trek. 

  • Shannel Joseph, B.A.

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    Title: African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Retention Specialist
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Virtual Office Hours: Thursdays 10am-12pm,
    Zoom Link:, Passcode: ABC2020

    Shannel Joseph (B.A. Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz) is serving as the Interim African/Black/Caribbean (ABC) Retention Specialist for the African American Resource & Cultural Center. Shannel is originally from Los Angeles, CA and began her undergraduate career at UC Santa Cruz in 2013. She worked for EOP as an undergrad student for 2 years wanting to support first generation & low income students to contribute to the success of her community. Upon graduation in 2017, she served as an EOP Academic Counselor and Wellness Program Coordinator continuing her work to retain and support EOP students until the completion of their undergraduate degree and beyond. In her new role, Shannel plans to work to ensure success, community building, mentorship, and programming for ABC students. She is very grateful to have the opportunity to work closely with the ABC student population which has been a community she has worked hard to advocate for since she began her work in 2017. Shannel identifies as an Afro Latina, with family who come from Central America (Belize and Guatemala). Some fun facts about Shannel is that she loves music, art, kayaking, hiking and cooking. 

  • Nancy Kim, M.A.

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    Title: Executive Director
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Phone: 831-459-3790
    Office Location: Womxn's Center at Cardiff House, Rm 113

    Nancy I. Kim (she/her) is a Banana Slug alum with a Bachelor’s degree from UCSC in American Studies. She received her Masters degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and has worked in higher education for 25 years. Nancy also served as Director of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center at UCSC. Prior to returning to UCSC, she was Interim Director at Pomona College Asian American Resource Center, and taught Asian American Studies as adjunct faculty at UCSC, UCLA, CSU Northridge, and Scripps College.

  • Xiomara Lopez, M.Ed.

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    Title: Director, Chicanx Latinx Resource Center
    Pronouns: She/Her/Ella 
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Centers (Bay Tree Building)

    Xiomara was raised in South Los Angeles and is a proud daughter of immigrants from México and Guatemala. She is a first-generation college graduate and received her B.A. in Legal Studies from UCSC and an M.Ed. in Educational Counseling from USC. She has over five years of experience in student affairs within the UC system and the California Community Colleges. After interning at El Centro during her undergraduate career, Xiomara was inspired to engage in cultural center work. As the Director of El Centro, she is excited to work with students, staff, and faculty to develop culturally-relevant programming and co-curricular activities that support the transition to the university, promote holistic wellness, and foster a sense of belonging, community building, and critical consciousness for Chicanx Latinx students. Xiomara leads with values of social justice, diversity and inclusion, corazón, and service to students. During her free time, she enjoys rewatching episodes of Grey's Anatomy, trying new coffee shops, and visiting local parks and museums with her son. 

  • Stephanie Milton

  • Title: Interim Director, Womxn’s Center
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Phone: 831-459-2169
    Office Location: Womxn's Center at Cardiff House 

  • Jemzi Ortiz, B.S.

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    Title: Program Coordinator, American Indian Resource Center
    Pronouns: She/Hers
    Virtual Office Hours: Zoom Personal Meeting ID: 310 649 7521 Passcode: AIRC 
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Centers (Bay Tree Building)

    Jemzi Ortiz (she/her/ella) is a proud Northern Cheyenne tribal member, third-generation Mexican American woman and first-generation college graduate. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Human Biology in 2019. She was an intern at the American Indian Resource Center for 3 years during her undergrad and wanted to to support and advocate for Native American students in higher education and in the community as the Program Coordinator. Topics that she is interested in learning more about are how to decolonize the U.S. health system, health inequalities, indigenous people in STEM, missing and murdered indigenous womxn and girls and other urban Indian related issues. She enjoys being with her partner and family, dancing, going to concerts, playing video games, reading, traveling, naps and watching the Portland Trail Blazers. 

    Schedule a meeting with me HERE

  • Gabriela Preciado, M.S.

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    Title: Program Coordinator, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center
    Pronouns: She/Hers
    Office Location: Lionel Cantú Queer Center

    Gaby is the program coordinator at the Lionel Cantú Queer Center. She grew up in the East Bay Area (Antioch, CA) and graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Nutrition. At UC Davis, Gaby cultivated a passion for advocating for social justice and supporting marginalized communities, especially in educational settings. Right after college she started a Master’s Program in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University in Ohio and graduated in 2018. Gaby centers Intersectionality, empathy, care, and compassion in her professional and personal life and values community building and connection (she thinks those are probably the two most important things in the whole world!). She believes that our liberation and freedom are inextricably tied to one another, and that we must center the most marginalized in our work in order to cultivate a just world. Outside of work, Gaby loves to sing, write love songs, and play guitar. She has a Virgo sun, Sagittarius rising, and Libra moon and she’s super excited about working with the Lionel Cantú Queer Center to support Queer and Trans students at UCSC!

  • Caz Salamanca, M.A.

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    Title: Director, Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center
    Pronouns: He/Him/Siya
    Phone: 831-459-2096
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Centers (Bay Tree Building)

    Caz Salamanca (He/Him/Siya) is the Director of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An alum of the UC system (B.S. in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego), and the CSU (M.A. in Education w/ a concentration in Counseling from SDSU), Caz brings 10+ years of experience working in higher ed, with 5 of those years working in a cultural center (MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center at San José State University). He is the current Treasurer for the California Council of Cultural Centers in Hgiher Ed (CaCCCHE), an organization comprised of the staff of identity-based resource centers, and a former co-chair of the Asian/Pacific Islander caucus of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Hgiher Ed (NCORE). Caz's interests include student identity and leadership development, hip hop education, and exploring the intersections of social justice issues and pop culture.

  • Gina Waneis, M.S.

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    Title: SWANA Retention Specialist, Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center
    Pronouns: she/her/hers
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (Bay Tree Building)
    Gina Waneis (she/her/hers) is a proud first-generation Syrian-American. She attended UC Riverside where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Education. During her undergrad, Gina was involved in the Middle Eastern Student Center where she became a founding sister of Epsilon Alpha Sigma, also known as the Empowered Arab Sisterhood. Gina graduated with a Master of Science in Higher Education from California State University, Fullerton. She has been passionate about serving the SouthWest Asian North African (SWANA) community and helped start the SWANA organization and also co-wrote the SWANA Resolution during her time in grad school. 
    Gina enjoys discussions on intersectionality and believes in amplifying voices that have traditionally been silenced in higher education. She also shares that working with student organizations and student activists give her energy! Gina is excited to serve the AA/PIRC  and larger ERC community as the inaugural SWANA Retention Specialist. In her free time, you can catch her spending time with her family, traveling with her friends, or trying new recipes she finds on TikTok. She is looking forward to moving to the Santa Cruz area and is patiently waiting for suggestions for coffee shops, restaurants, hikes, and more!