Staff Directory


    Travis S. Becker, M.A.

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    Title: Director, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center
    Pronouns: He/They
    Phone: 831-459-4395
    Email: trbecker@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Merrill College Recreation Room, Cantú, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center

    Travis S. Becker is the proud Director of the Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A first generation college graduate, Travis was born and raised in the east bay, in Livermore, California. Raised in the Bay, but "made" in New York, Travis graduated with a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Communications and English Language and Literature from California Lutheran University. Travis has worked with and for queer and trans youth and young adults in a number of capacities from The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center in NYC, to homeless youth in San Francisco with Larkin Street Youth Services, where they were the inaugural Program Manager and helped open a Transitional Living Program in the Haight-Ashbury district. He regularly facilitates workshops and speaks on panels about LGBTQIA+ identity on and off campus, including in more recent years, a panel at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and trainings with school counselors and psychologists at Hayward Unified School District. Travis currently serves as an LGBTQIA+ liaison to the University of California Office of the President. Travis is also... an educator, storyteller, troublemaker, Stevie Nicks superfan, furparent, first-born child, eldest sibling, partner, "guncle", "that" Sag friend, a lover, a little loquacious, and one of their proudest accomplishments is having served a term as a regional president for an (un)official Mariah Carey fan club.


  • Judith Estrada, Ph.D.

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    Title: Director, Chicanx Latinx Resource Center
    Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
    Phone: 831-459-5608
    Email: judi@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (Bay Tree Building)

    Judith Estrada (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) is the director of the Chicanx Latinx Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Estrada has served on the UCSC-HSI’s team since 2013 and serves a Staff Advisor Board member. She is the Region 6 representative of NASPA’s Indigenous People’s Knowledge Community (IPKC), which is comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who seek to increase understanding, and institutional commitment toward, Indigenous peoples in higher education. Estrada publishes and presents nationally on the following themes: bicultural pedagogy, decolonizing methodologies, cultural centers as pedagogical spaces, working across difference, fostering Latinx leadership and sense of belonging, pedagogy of solidarity, and critical bicultural pedagogy. Estrada is the author of Consuming ‘Dora the Explorer’ with a Critical Bicultural Lens (Estrada; in Darder’s Culture & Power in the Classroom, 2012); Impacts of a Diné Decolonizing Pedagogy on Student Affairs Practitioners (In Davidson, C., & Waterman, S. (eds.); Indigenous Education Practices in Higher Education); A series of reflections of Diné elder Larry Emerson and his Indigenizing Impact on our Participation in the Profession (NASPA Journal)


  • Tracy García, B.A.

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    Title: Program Coordinator, Lionel Cantú Queer Center
    Pronouns: She/They/Ella
    Phone: 831-459-2468
    Email: tracyg@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Merrill College Recreation Rm, 00

    Tracy L. García is going into her 4th year working as the Program Coordinator for the Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center. She identifies as a queer fat high-femme jota, first-generation xicana queerdo from South East Los Angeles (South Gate). She’s an alum of UC Santa Cruz and graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 2012. Tracy brings over 6+ years of experience working in LGBTQ Resource Centers at the University of California, and largely centers her work in bringing awareness and visibility to queer & trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color issues. Until recently, she was working in a dual role supporting the Women's Center with programming & mentoring student interns. Some of her favorite programs they've helped organize include the 2017 Queer & Trans People of Color Conference, Noche de Jotería series with El Centro, Paris is Burning Film Screening with AARCC, and the Queer Astrology & Self-Love series with the Women's Center. Tracy is passionate about reading tarot, astrology & incorporating witchy healing practices into her work with students. She also loves to sing and will try to get you to harmonize with her when planning events. 


  • Carlos Gutierrez, B.A.

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    Title: Program Coordinator, Chicanx Latinx Resource Center
    Pronouns: He/They
    Phone: 831-459-5449
    Email: caalguti@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (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 undergard 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.


  • Rebecca Hernandez, Ph.D.

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    Title: Director, American Indian Resource Center
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Phone: 831-459-5608
    Email: rhernandez@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (Bay Tree Building)

    Dr. Hernandez is the Director of the American Indian Resource Center at UCSC where her attention is focused on retention of Native students and developing programs that promote a better understanding of American Indian culture(s) and lifeways in the university setting. For the past 15 years she has been employed in university administration and has taught courses in Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, American Indian Studies, Museum Studies and Art History in universities and community colleges. Her academic expertise is in American Studies with a concentration in Native American Studies and Visual Culture. She also holds an MFA in Exhibition Design and Museum Studies. She has worked in a variety of institutions, including universities, museums and archives: the University of California Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, Center for Southwest Research, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Southwest Museum. Her local community service includes regular consultation with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. She is a member of the American Indian Studies Association, the American Studies Association and the American Alliance of Museums and serves on the board of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Santa Cruz County Latino Affairs Commission.


  • Aaron Jones, Ed.D.

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    Title: Associate Director for Black Student Success
    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Phone: 831-459-2898
    Email: ajones10@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Bay Tree Bookstore (Shed 313)

    Aaron Jones (he/him/his) is in his 4th year on campus, now serving as the Associate Director for Black Student Success serving across the African American Resource & Cultural Center and Educational Opportunity Programs. Dr. Jones is UC alum twice over after having received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Masters in Education in Higher Education Administration & Policy both from UC Riverside. He recently completed his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. Before Dr. Jones got to UCSC, he worked at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa as a Residence Director. As well, served in various capacities at UC Riverside on the board of directors of the Alumni Association, founded the Black Alumni Chapter, founded Black male organization, advisor of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and on the Chancellor's Search Committee. On campus, he is the Chair-Elect of the Staff Advisory Board, Co-Chair of Black Experience Team (BET), a founding member of the Diversity Facilitators Team (DFT), & Facilitator of HSI Multicultural Advising Community of Practice (MAC). His work centers around student thriving, inclusive community, critical race theory, decolonizing education, history of higher education, critical student affairs praxis. He is heavily involved in professional organizations such as NASPA, serving on the regional board and the Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division. He has presented at many regional and national conferences and in various spaces across campus.


  • Nancy Kim, M.A.

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    Title: Managing Director
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Phone: 831-459-3790
    Email: nikim@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Cardiff House Women's Center, Rm 113

    Nancy I. Kim (she/her) received her Master of Arts degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She holds nearly 25 years of experience working in higher education, and is currently the Managing Director of the Resource Centers. Until recently, she held a dual role as MD and Director of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, while also taking on additional duties as Interim Director of the Women’s Center. During her 20 year tenure as AA/PIRC Director, she fulfilled other leadership roles in prior Resource Center organizational structures, as Convenor for Directors, and as Associate Managing Director. Before returning to UCSC as staff, Nancy worked at Pomona College as Interim Director at the Asian American Resource Center, and taught Asian American Studies as adjunct faculty at UCSC, UCLA, CSU Northridge, and Scripps College. Her research interests include Asian American feminist pedagogy, social justice movements and coalition building, and student leadership development. Nancy’s research is published in the Journal of Asian American Studies, and Asian/Pacific American Women, A Historical Anthology. Nancy identifies as a 1.9 generation Korean American immigrant, and lives in Watsonville with her husband and two children.


  • Cameron J. de León B.A.S.

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    Title: Office Manager & Program Assistant/Budget Analyst
    Pronouns: Him/They/El/Ellx
    Phone: 831-459-5999
    Email: cajdeleo@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (Bay Tree Building)

    Cameron J. de León, he/they (B.A.S. in Psychology & Women’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.


  • Colleen Rice, M.S.Ed.

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    Title: Direcor, Women's Center
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Phone: 831-459-2169
    Email: corice@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Cardiff House Women's Center

    Colleen S. Rice (she/her/hers) is the Women's Center Director at University of California, Santa Cruz. She graduated with a BA in Vocal Music Performance and Political Science from Winthrop University in South Carolina, and received her MSEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. She got her start in the profession via New Student Orientation and First Year Experience programs, and thus, will forever love the hope of new beginnings that come with the start of each school year. Her passion for women's equity and empowerment was born out of her own trauma, research, and healing surrounding campus sexual assualt. She hopes to begin a doctorate soon, and looks forward to continuing her research on survivor identity development, highlighting the crucial role that community and storytelling play. An avid bell hooks fan, and self-proclaimed nerd, she can be constantly seen reading (or listening- thanks Audible!) to another feminist text, nerdy podcast, or running book. When not telling you about the above, she can be seen petting literally any dog nearby, telling you about her Shiba and two cats, and re-reading Harry Potter, again.


  • Caz Salamanca M.A.

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    Title: Direcor, Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center
    Pronouns: He/Him/Siya
    Phone: 831-459-2169
    Email: cazs@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (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.


  • Shonté Thomas M.A.

  • Title: Direcor, African American Resource and Cultural Center
    Pronouns: 
    Phone: 831-459-3561
    Email: sfthomas@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (Bay Tree Building)


  • Jacob Velasquez, B.A.

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    Title: Resource Centers Program Coordinator
    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Phone: 831-459-5349
    Email: jvelasq3@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (Bay Tree Building)

    Jacob Velasquez (B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; he/his/him) is an Alum of UCSC coming in as a first generation transfer student from Los Angeles Mission College. He received his B.A. in Politics combined with Latin American Latino Studies in Spring 2014. Currently in the second year of his M.A. in Organization and Leadership in Higher Education at the University of San Francisco's School of Education, he is focused on issues around student success and retention for underepresented & underserved populations at higher education institutions.


  • Tam Welch M.F.A.

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    Title: Gender and Sexuality Specialist
    Pronouns: They/Them
    Phone: 831-459-1674
    Email: tamw@ucsc.edu
    Office Location: Ethnic Resource Center (Bay Tree Building)

    Tam Welch (They/them) is the Gender and Sexuality Specialist for the Resource Centers, focusing on the Cantu Queer Center and Women’s Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. MFA, graduate from the Ohio State University, past Coordinator for the Asian American Student Services Office at OSU and past Cantú Queer Center Program Coordinator, Tam Welch is an educator, dancer/performer, nonbinary parent, and budding plant enthusiast. The Gender and Sexuality Specialist works with all six resource centers at UCSC on the support, advocacy, and cultural celebration and education of these communities and their intersections. Welch has worked with the Resource Centers since 2002. In 2013, Welch lead a campus wide survey and focus-group study on queer student of color at UCSC. Co-authored with Institutional Research, Assessment and Policy Studies, the 2015 Report on Research Findings and Recommendations for the Improvement of Visibility, Inclusivity, and Retention of Queer Students of Color at the University of California Santa Cruz.