Office for Equity and Diversity

Kathryn Bond Stockton

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.

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801-581-7569
kathryn.stockton@utah.edu

Paula Smith

Interim Associate VP for Equity & Diversity

Jennifer Aoyagi Bangerter

Director 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!

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801-581-7569
j.aoyagi.bangerter@utah.edu

Tawanda Owens

Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy

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tawanda.owens@utah.edu

Marina Tijerino

Executive Assistant

When Marina isn’t at work, you might be able to find her pursuing her wickedly cool hobby as a singer/songwriter. Her dream is to start her own label uplifting black and brown queer/trans artists and musicians. Also, if her photo wasn’t a giveaway, Princess Mononoke is her absolute favorite movie of all time. We challenge you to a quote-off with her!

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801-581-7569
marina.tijerino@utah.edu

Creative Marketing & Development

Neelam Chand

Director of Marketing & Communications

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.

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801-587-3342
n.chand@utah.edu

Feleti Matagi

Director of Development

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.

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801-581-5640
f.matagi@utah.edu

Estela Hernandez

PR & 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?

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801-587-3342
estela.hernandez@utah.edu

Kaya Aman

Web & Brand Manager

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.

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801-581-4250
kaya.aman@utah.edu

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!

AIRC
801-581-7019
franci.taylor@utah.edu

George Nelson

Graduate Assistant

George is a Hoopa tribal member, Humboldt State University alumnus, owner of War Pony Films, and award-winning filmmaker. He is currently working on a series of educational films that are documenting the Hoopa culture and language for preservation within the tribe for the future generations of the Hoopa Tribe.

AIRC
801-581-7019

Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA)

Tricia Sugiyama

Director of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs

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?

Union 235
801-587-9568
t.sugiyama@utah.edu

Paul Fisk

Transfer Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Paul

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!

Union 235
801-581-3328
paul.fisk@utah.edu

David (Tevita) Kinikini

Family Support Coordinator & Advisor

Rudy Medina

First Year Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Rudy

Rudy is a Warriors and Raiders fan who likes to hike and read. While head of the Diversity Scholars Program, he also finds time to advise M.E.Ch.A. and work with student leaders.

Union 235
801-585-1538
rudy.medina@utah.edu

Portia Saulabiu

Retention Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Portia

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

Union 235
801-587-9567
portia.saulabiu@utah.edu

Anthony Shirley

Scholarship & Financial Resources Coordinator
Meet with
Anthony

Anthony 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?!

Union 235
801-585-6458
a.shirley@utah.edu

Giulia Soto

Second Year Program Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Giulia

Giulia supports students explore major and career paths and develop a plan to achieve your goals. As a Diversity Scholar alumna, she can connect you with alumni. She loves to dance, especially Peruvian Folklore. Passionate about providing equitable education in Latin America, she interned in Honduras & Peru and got a M.S.Ed in International Educational Development at UPenn.

Union 235
801-581-8151
giulia.soto@utah.edu

Kadija Mohamed

Administrative Assistant

Union 235
801-581-8142
K.Mohamed@utah.edu

Abby Romero

Graduate Assistant

Union 235
801-587-8436

Chelsea Manzanares

Graduate Assistant

Union 235
801-581-8151
chelsea.manza@gmail.com

Andrea Salcedo

Graduate Assistant

Union 235
801-581-8151
andrea.salcedo@utah.edu

AnaJenny Fernandez

Office 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.

Union 235
801-581-8151
anajenny.fernandez@utah.edu

LGBT Resource Center

Gabriella Blanchard

Interim Director of the LGBT Resource Center

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.

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801-587-7973
GBlanchard@sa.utah.edu

Ray Taylor

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Ray recently graduated from the U with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy (Student Affairs). He is passionate about social justice education and identity development from an intersectional queer framework. In his spare time, Ray likes to buy more books than he can read, play the beautiful sport of quidditch, and go to the theatre for a good movie, musical, or play.

Union 409
801-587-7973
rtaylor@sa.utah.edu

Bree Peacock

Executive 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.

Union 409
801-587-7973
BPeacock@sa.utah.edu

Bethany Runsten

Graduate Assistant

Bethany earned her B.A. in Global Studies from University of the Pacific in California in 2017, and enjoys superheroes, pilates, learning about different countries, and considering the connections between gender, sexuality, and culture.

Union 409
801-587-7973
BRunsten@sa.utah.edu

Lenny Liechty

Student 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.

Union 409
801-587-7973
lliechty@sa.utah.edu

Andrew Hayes

Student Staff

Andrew is a 3rd year student studying philosophy. 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.

Union 409
801-587-7973
AHayes@sa.utah.edu

School for Cultural and Social Transformation

Kathryn Bond Stockton

Dean

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.

Park 204
801-581-7569
kathryn.stockton@utah.edu

Jennifer Aoyagi Bangerter

Assistant Dean

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!

Park 120
801-581-7569
j.aoyagi.bangerter@utah.edu

Jen Wozab

Student Support Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Jen

If you have any questions about Ethnic, Disability, or Gender studies, try to make an appointment with or email Jen. Her main objective is to help students reach their full academic potential while they’re part of the Transform family. She also teaches yoga, so she can help keep your mental and physical state in balance as well! Who can ask for anything more from their advisor?!

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801-581-5140
jen.wozab@utah.edu

Disability Studies

Angela Smith

Director of Disability Studies

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801-581-7992
ang.smith@utah.edu

Ethnic Studies

Edmund Fong

Chair of Ethnic Studies

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801-581-5886
Edmund.Fong@utah.edu

Elizabeth Archuleta

Academic 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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elizabeth.archuleta@utah.edu

Maria Morales

Administrative 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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801-581-5206
maria.morales@utah.edu

Alborz Ghandehari

Diversity Scholars Assistant Professor

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801-581-5206
A.Ghandehari@utah.edu

Gender Studies

Susie Porter

Chair 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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801-585-5693
s.porter@utah.edu

Kim Hackford-Peer

Associate Chair 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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801-585-3283
kim.hackford-peer@utah.edu

Pat Ross

Administrative 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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801-581-8094
pat.ross@utah.edu