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The LGBTQIA Resource Center has two entrances: one located in the main lobby of the Student Community Center and a more private side entrance across from the SCC Reflection Room. Visit a map of our center for more information.

General Contact Information

Thoughts, questions, concerns, suggestions? Please feel free to swing by the center or drop us a line anytime!

LGBTQIA Resource Center
Student Community Center, Suite 1400
397 Hutchison Drive
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530.752.2452

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When school is in session, the center is open Monday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM and Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

We are located on the UC Davis main campus, across the street from Rock Hall and diagonally across the traffic circle from the Silo (SCC on the campus map).

Staff Information

The heart and soul of the center, staff take care of everything from events to the content on this website! You may contact the staff via e-mail or by calling the center at (530) 752-2452.

Full-Time Staff

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Joanna Villegas, Office Coordinator

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Joanna is a self-identified fat femme queer [email protected], first generation scholar, child of Mexican immigrant parents, born and raised in San Diego, California, in Logan Heights. Joanna writes, sings and dances to heal wounds, in the name of self-love, resistance and liberation. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Chicana/Chicano Studies from UC Davis. Joanna plans to grow within the field of education, to ensure that all students have access to a holistic education that celebrates their hxstory and strives to create a more equitable future.

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Monae Roberts, Assistant Director

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Monae is a Brooklyn native, who moved out to California and joined the UC Davis staff in 2016. She identifies as BlaQ and Deliberate in every way, with a passion for authentic connection, and disrupting respectability politics. Monae attributes most of her foundational understanding of social justice to her time spent working and taking courses at Temple University. Her goal is to promote critical consciousness amongst students, faculty and staff, in order to dismantle the root of all oppressions; she is for healing and liberation. Her socio-political interests include: African Diasporic relations, critical consciousness for liberation, authenticity, intersectionality, identity development, queer issues, advocacy and allyship, Africana and Eastern philosophy, and healing practices.

 
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Maia Huang, Community Counselor

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Maia Huang has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2007. She received her undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College in 1994 and her MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2004. She has worked with young adults and college students from a variety of different backgrounds, including clients from the LGBTQIA community, immigrants and ethnically diverse clients, and clients with disabilities, among others. She uses the arts and psychotherapy to assist clients to address issues such as LGBTQIA identity concerns, chronic illness, women’s health and wellness, multiculturalism, life transitions, trauma, self-esteem, polyamory, and relationship issues in straight and same-sex couples.

Maia’s professional experience has focused on providing direct care for underserved, marginalized communities in the nonprofit and social services sectors. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she worked in the capacity of a community advocate, case manager, outreach worker, and peer counselor with urban, ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged clients of all ages.

As a co-creator in the healing process, Maia helps her clients facilitate lasting change to make healthy decisions about their lives, overcome past trauma, and find a strong sense of self-empowerment.

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elizabeth coté, Director

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Hi! I'm elizabeth, e, a first-generation college student, mixed-Xicana, queer/pansexual woman who was born at the base of a volcano in Northern California.  I am committed to working on radical paths to equity within oppressive systems, and I hold love and kindness as essential to the practice of social justice. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies at UC Berkeley and my Master’s Degree in Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development at The University of Iowa.  A myriad of academic, professional and personal experiences have influenced my passions, including: research on economic dynamics of tort law, direct mental health care services, wandering through the Mojave desert, critical disability studies, and work with LGBTQIA survivors of sexual trauma. I love to connect over new music & poetry discoveries, receive critical feedback and new ideas, and to spray-paint things with sparkly gold paint!

Scholar Staff

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Angelo Quiroz, Undergraduate Scholar & Community Coordinator

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Angelo Quiroz is an agender queer scholar and artist in his 3rd year studying Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and Psychology. After they graduate, Angelo plans on pursuing a masters related to counseling and rehabilitation in hope of addressing trauma and effects of social stigma on queer communities. She currently focuses on analyzing how stigma connected to sexual activity reinforces various systems of oppression.  

Angelo centers their work around accessibility and exploring various ways to practice self-care. This year Angelo will be doing programming specifically on HIV Stigma and sexual education while they continue to explore gender and provide opportunities for others to do the same.

Angelo enjoys staying busy, but overall is happiest when surrounded by his loved ones. They love to connect over poetry, music, makeup, cooking, exercising and anything that sounds queer.

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joel gutierrez, Undergraduate Scholar & Community Coordinator

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Joel is a queer/genderqueer latinx scholar studying environmental policy and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. Now in his second year, Joel is excited to become more outspoken and committed within the LGBTQIA+ community, both on campus and in as many places as possible. Joel wants to spend their life fighting for environmental justice, especially in the areas where it intersects with gendered injustice.  Another possible long-term goal of his is also to bring awareness to the issues faced by LGBTQIA+ youth who are abused at home, homeless, or placed in the foster system, and provide justice and representation for them. In their free time, Joel loves to cook, play Pokemon, and repeatedly watch their favorite show, Charmed.

 
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Mat Talton, Undergraduate Scholar and Community Coordinator

Mat(ti) Talton is a Queer fat, Black, genderqueer, atheistic, neurodivergent n3rd in their final year at UC Davis. They are working towards  a B.S. in Genetics with a minor in Plant Biology. Their hometown is Inglewood, CA.

Mat(ti) believes self determination, in all aspects of our lives, is essential to wellness, and is heavily invested in promoting and supporting others’ right to self determine and be their authentic selves.  They’re learning new, radical ways to envision and approach mental health as well, and plan on bringing what they’ve learned and their own experiences to their programing this year.

Mat(ti) loves music, podcasts, graphic novels, sci-fi, and piercings  so feel free to share any or all with them (^_^) The Center and Queer community have been amazing resources for them over the years, and they hope can give back even a little of what ya'll have given them <3

 

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Matt Reese, Undergraduate Scholar & Community Coordinator

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Matt “Lemon” Reese is a gender non-conforming queer scholar in his fourth year of a Linguistics & Chinese B.A. program here at UC Davis. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school in pursuance of a doctorate in linguistics.  In his future, Matt hopes to become a tenured linguistics professor at a major research university.  Matt is also President of the UC Davis chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, Social Fraternity (DLP). As a brother of DLP he works to improve the lives of queer students on and off campus.  When he’s not hard at work, Matt enjoys listening to music, dancing, learning foreign languages, and studying computer programming.  He also enjoys spending time with his fraternity brothers serving the community and performing as a drag queen at local events.

 
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MK Chan, Undergradauate Scholar & Community Coordinator

MK is a queer/ pansexual, gender non-conforming, trans-femme, Cantonese-Chinese, scholar studying Chemical Engineering here at University of California at Davis. She is entering her fourth year at UC Davis and plans to use her degree to slow or stop global warming, to protect the human race from climate change, and to make the world a better place for humans. As a community coordinator, scholar, and activist she is focused on dismantling all forms of oppression and on creating equity for queer and trans people of color. This year MK is planning Queer Leadership Retreat, retention programs for queer scholars, and is hosting some identity based awareness days. When MK is not studying or working at the LGBTQIA+RC she plays Hearthstone on her phone/computer, she cooks vegan food for meal prepping, and she spends time with her partner watching TV. MK is also involved in Southeast Asians Furthering Education at the Student Recruitment and Retention Center and in Asian Pacific Islander Queers.

 
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Vanessa Nguyen, Undergraduate Scholar & Community Coordinator

Vanessa Nguyen (she/her or they/them) is a queer, Vietnamese scholar in her fourth year at UC Davis. She’s currently double majoring in Sociology and Psychology and will be working towards a masters in Social Work after graduating to continue her work serving her communities.

They’ll be working on programs this year to foster community connectedness with a focus on bringing in first year and transfer scholars, queer sexual education and community outreach/education. She’ll also be serving as the 2017-2018 representative for the center in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Board and a peer mentor for the LGBTQIA+ focused First Year Aggie Connection group.

Vanessa’s idea of having a good time is playing board, card, video and roleplaying games with her friends. During her down time you can find her window shopping online for cute toys she can’t afford or watching some cartoons or slice-of-life anime to de-stress.

 
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Beth Boylan, Graduate Student Researcher

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Beth Boylan is jazzed to return to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center for a third year as a Graduate Student Coordinator. She truly appreciates the opportunity to work with an amazing group of activists and scholars at the LGBTQIA Resource Center, and collaborate with GSRs across the Community Resource & Retention Centers. In her position at the Center, Beth hopes to be a resource for the graduate community, and further develop graduate student programing and engagement at UC Davis. Entering her 4th year in the Sociology PhD Program, Beth’s research has focused on dance, gender, sexuality, nationality and immigration; more recent areas of interest include collective identity, memory and representation. Beth is also an avid dancer (solo and social), training extensively in her kitchen and at the club. Her past lives involved playing ultimate frisbee, learning five songs on the banjo, and a brief stint in the Orange County Junior Magicians Club.