Office for Equity and Diversity
Kathryn Bond StocktonInterim Associate VP for Equity & Diversity
If Kathryn could play the guitar, she would literally be a rock star. Yes, she is that cool! She's well known as a scholar in literature, feminist theory, and queer theory, but as far as we're concerned, she is an awesome boss with a quirky personality and a major sweet side.
Nicole R. RobinsonInterim Assistant Vice President for Equity & Diversity
Ian AndersonAdministrative Assistant to the AVP
As a recent graduate of the U – Go class of 2015! – Ian is excited to begin a career working with social justice in higher-Ed. Ian helps our boss’s day running smoothly by handling her schedule and our days by orchestrating communication. With a double major in English and Art History (see Picasso Head!), you know Ian can maintain a productive agenda!
Jennifer Aoyagi BangerterDirector of Budgeting & Faculty Recruitment
We here in OED feel like Jenn's title doesn't quite capture her awesome. Although she does manage the budget and faculty recruitment, she's also a master strategist and a clear thinker. Top that with a dry sense of humor and a highly formed vocabulary, and you can start to see why we just can't do without her!
Brenda VallesDirector of Research & Assessment
Brenda has the complicated task of following the numbers to assess the overall diversity of campus as well as the effectiveness of our student programs. Not only does she make this look easy, but she actually loves doing it! If a zombie apocalypse were to happen, her brain would have a 92.3% chance of being eaten before anyone else's. (Tasty!)
Samah SafiullahAdministrative Assistant
Samah is an Urban Ecology/Gender Studies double major who wants to approach urban planning through the lens of social justice. She hopes to pursue her passion of ending gentrification and racist segregation through planning and zoning policies, creating less hostile environments on public transit for women and LGBT folks, and working on the development of refugee camps/spaces.
Creative Marketing & Development
Neelam ChandDirector of Marketing & Development
Neelam is our rockstar marketer whose job ranges from writing press releases about our major news and events to interfacing with donors and getting us on the map. Neelam has been with our team since late 2012, and she continues to make ground- breaking changes to our department with her passion and drive.
Mindy JohnstonWeb Developer & Graphic Designer
Our creative-mastermind-in-residence is Mindy. Think of any awesome poster you have seen around campus. She most likely designed it. Guess who was behind this pretty sweet website? Yup! If you need any help with a design for marketing, she’s your girl!
Estela HernandezPR & Events Specialist
Estela provides her spectacular expertise across campus by coordinating events and generating press releases. This all sounds very complicated, and it is! But luckily for us, Estela not only does mind-blowing work, she does it with style. (And patience!) Plus, where would we be without her timely sarcasm?
Kaya AmanWeb & Design Student Assistant
Kaya is a brilliant designer with a ridiculously sweet personality. Add in that she's also learning all about the web world, and pretty soon she will be totally unstoppable! With her talents, I wouldn't be surprised if a madman in a blue box recruited her to help him save the world... again.
Hamza YaqoobiDevelopment Student Assistant
Hamza relishes a good thrill, be it horror movies or jumping out of a plane. He’s been skydiving and wants to experience wingsuiting next. Outside of his studies in business and involvement with the Afghan Student Union, he works with and stewards our donors. Oh, and he would most likely be reincarnated as a water bender.
Student Equity and Diversity
Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA)
Tricia SugiyamaEngaged Learning Director
As head of leadership, education, and coordination of student diversity support programs, Tricia directs all goals, guidelines, and initiatives in SED. While a proud member of an active book club…er…audio book club and fan of fishing, she still manages to co-advise for the AASA and reserves a high-five for each of her diversity students at graduation! Will there be one for you?
Feleti MatagiDirector of Student Services
He’s a huge movie admirer. Just ask him. Favorite sci-fi film? The Matrix. Favorite horror film? Paranormal Activity. He could go on and on. Luckily for you his passion is in helping students like you get the most out of your education through scholarships and outreach.
Paul FiskTransfer Coordinator & Advisor
Our very own Super Saiyan advises current and potential transfer students from SLCC, Snow College, and the U. [Power-up Intensifies] On top of that, Paul co-advises the transfer honor society, Tau Sigma, and AASA and assists in events, workshops, and classes related to transfer students throughout the year! [Power-up level and number of transfer students grow] It’s over 9,000!
David (Tevita) KinikiniFamily Support Coordinator & Advisor
Rudy MedinaFirst Year Coordinator & Advisor
Tony ShirleyOutreach Coordinator & Advisor
Tony can do and loves everything. Really. From operating as the outreach representative, taking adventures (boating, four-wheeling, hiking, etc.), teaching Navajo language and culture, adding to his 100+ Barbie doll collection (film editions only, of course!), co-advising the ITSA, tending his salsa and mint garden, and advising students like you. Aren’t you lucky?!
Portia AndersonRetention Coordinator & Advisor
Portia works to support and advocate for the success of fantastic students in CESA - like you - to ensure you demonstrate your intelligence and resilience, stay connected on campus, and graduate from the U! She enjoys a good laugh, painting, crafting, and showing off her dance moves. Plus her baking game is on point (requests accepted). She even shares her joy for students by advising BSU. #Magic
Kathy TranAdministrative Assistant
Kathy is in charge of keeping an efficient environment in CESA. She is a graduate student in History and Gender & Sexuality Studies who loves napping, rock climbing, trail running, and her Labrador furbabies.
Juan José GarciaGraduate Assistant & Advisor
Juan José is a folklorist who loves to listen to people’s stories and dance all night to EDM/Dance music. He has a beautiful supportive partner and three awesome kids. And just between us, his guilty pleasure is watching Telenovelas (Spanish soap operas).
Andrea HernándezGraduate Assistant & Advisor
Elizabeth GamarraTransfer Program Graduate Assistant
Brian TruongOffice Assistant
While an active member in both AASA and VASA, Brian helps keeps everyone in CESA calm and collected while having an enjoyable day. He enjoys hiking and K-Pop, loves BoA, and has a Honda/Acura bias.
Ana Jenny FernandezOffice Assistant
AnaJenny is the first friendly face you see when you walk into CESA. As student staff, she is proactive, intelligent, fierce and perceptive. Some of her favorite things include the color black, wrestling and babies.
LGBT Resource Center
Kai Medina-MartinezDirector of LGBT Resource Center
While keeping an eye out for a good deal, free goodies, or fancy shoes, Kai has a lot under their belt and a lot going on. They have 20 years experience as a social worker and are continuing their education as a current doctoral student in ELP Wait ‘til they got tying a bowtie down, there will be no stopping them!
Gabriella BlanchardCoordinator of Education and Outreach
Gabriella is a proud "mombot" of two long-haired queer spawn, fighting against oppression the best ways any 2 young activists can. She has a passion for social justice, social healing, trauma-informed community building, centering femmes, and getting away with whatever she can. She is an idealist committed to justice work.
Bree PeacockExecutive Secretary
Bree recently relocated from Indiana, and is enjoying seeing mountains in the distance instead of cornfields. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in photography/graphic design. She is passionate about LGBTQ activism, hiking and traveling, and reading books about the Pacific Crest Trail.
Lenny LiechtyStudent Staff
Lenny is a student in Middle Eastern Studies who hopes to make a positive impact by practicing medicine within displaced populations in the Near East and North Africa. Lenny believes in the realization of equity and equality through Social Justice, queer and trans activism, and embracing cultural identities.
Andrew HayesStudent Staff
Andrew is a second year student at the University of Utah. As part of the LGBT Resource Center he hopes to expand dialogue about sexuality and gender in the pedagogical sphere, and, on a broader scale, affect status quo ideology. In his free time Andrew enjoys exploring the outdoors, reading post-modern philosophy and watching wacky films.
Max WrightStudent Staff
Max is a Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science double major committed to creating an equal society through social justice work, community organizing, and queer activism. They love learning new languages, baking, and painting. They hope to do work with displaced gender and sexual minorities after college.
Mandy LloydPracticum Student for the College of Social Work
Mandy is finishing her senior year in the Bachelor of Social Work program here at the U. She will then go on to complete her Master’s degree, and hopes to relocate to somewhere on the northwest coast after graduating. Mandy is passionate about traveling to new places, music, attending concerts, and being surrounded by friends.
American Indian Resource Center (AIRC)
Franci Taylor (Choctaw)Director of the American Indian Resource Center
As a mother of two, grandmother of five, and auntie to many, Franci has always wanted the best for others. She has dedicated the last 25 years towards increasing access for all under-represented students and American Indian education. She’s definitely an asset to our team!
School for Cultural and Social Transformation
Kiko LianAdministrative Program Coordinator
Kira Kiko Lian is a recent graduate from the University of Utah with a specialty in conflict resolution. Kiko’s current position is perfect for them as they do not like staying in one spot all the time, and they hope they can succeed in making the university a little more queer. Kiko’s hobbies include cooking, coffee, and feeding people.
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Ed MunozDirector of Ethnic Studies
Ed is not only our director of the Ethnic Studies Program, but also an associate professor of ethnic studies and sociology. When he’s not being scholarly, Ed is busy taxiing his two daughters to and from swim meets and dance classes or watching Husker football. Go Huskers…oh, and Utah!
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Elizabeth ArchuletaAcademic Program Manager
From mentoring undergrad students to coordinating recruitment activities to teaching ethnic studies classes to serving on various university committees, Elizabeth keeps things running smoothly in the Ethnic Studies Program. When the zombie apocalypse is upon us, we know who will be giving orders, especially since she’s already preparing!
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Maria MoralesAdministrative Assistant
Maria is a native Texan whose main goals are to help you have the best experience in your academic career and reach your potential. She can help you with just about anything; permission codes to add classes, schedule student meeting space, message your professor when all else fails, get you in touch with student advisors, offer directions when lost, and if nothing else - a friendly hello!
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Susie PorterDirector of Gender Studies
Susie embodies the word “passionate”. She’s a mother, director, instructor, and Westside Leadership Institute Member and has many publications in English and Spanish (she’s fluent!). Her feminism does not require you to put the toilet seat down…but you might want to!
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Kim Hackford-PeerAssociate Director of Gender Studies
At a towering 5’2”, this fan of walking her dog Fritz, building Legos and mowing her lawn, mentors graduate TA’s, advises gender studies students, serves on multiple committees/councils, and teaches various classes within the GS Program and the Gender Justice Scholars Program (she’s a co-founder!). Someone get her an intern!
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Cassie PowerCommunity Engaged Learning Manager
Cassie teaches and works with students on social justice oriented community work. As a co-founder of Gender Justice Scholars Program, current board president for ACLU of Utah, and collaborator with Go Girlz and other college access programs, she is definitely a HUGE contributor in the social justice community.
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Pat RossAdministrative Assistant
With the help from her mighty desk phone, she keeps everything on task and moving efficiently in the Gender Studies Office. An epic administrative assistant by day and crafty quilter by night, it’s Pat Ross, the Administrative Assistant of Gender Studies! Wham! She schedules GS courses! Swoosh! Answers and relays phone calls! Ka-pow! How does she do it? Who knows?! It’s Pat Ross!
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