People

Betsy Kaminski

Director of Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity

kaminski@ucsb.edu

 

Betsy is the Director of Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity, which encompasses the Women's Center and the Non-Traditional Student Resource Center. She came to UCSB after spending eleven years as a faculty member at a public university in Connecticut. She enjoyed teaching courses on subjects such as social movements, LGBTQ communities, research methods, and the sociology of music, but decided that she preferred working with students outside of the classroom on programs that reach across the university community. Influenced by her academic background in social movements, Betsy’s approach in mentoring students is to support them in identifying their strengths, envisioning their goals, and building coalitions in pursuit of social justice.

Viviana Valle Gomez

Associate Director

vallegomez@umail.ucsb.edu

 

As the Associate Director of Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity, Viviana (all gender pronouns) is dedicated to bridging the gap between scholarship and activism, recognizing the immense potential of combining rigorous academic insights with tangible on-the-ground experience and strategy. Viviana has spent the past ten years sharpening a feminist approach to critique the historical and philosophical frameworks that our society is built on. They see the Women's Center as the perfect space to help cultivate student's emerging feminist consciousness and the issues that they feel most connected to. The Women's Center becomes the necessary supplement to put what students learn in the classroom into practice and amplify their impact.

Viviana got her Master of Arts in American Studies with an Sexuality and Gender at Columbia University in 2020 and her Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Chicana/o Studies from UC Davis in 2018. Viviana is also currently working on their Doctorate in Feminist Studies at UCSB. Their research focuses on movement building within the sex worker movement to decriminalize sex work, specifically via digital spaces and mutual aid. On their time off, Viviana likes to play tenor saxophone in various bands across California, fantasize about interior design projects, and figure out if her cat actually likes her.

 

Aishwarya Harinath

Web Editor/Digital Media Specialist

aishwaryaharinath@ucsb.edu

 

Aishwarya (she/her) is a fourth-year sociology major. Since working at the Women's Center, she has become more involved in supporting feminist issues and is excited to continue contributing to fostering a safe and inclusive community at UCSB. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new cafés, going on long walks, or binge-watching a TV show.

Administrative Coordinators

People

Jessica Evers

Administrative Coordinator/Wellness Vending Machine Coordinator

jessica_evers@ucsb.edu

 

Jess (she/her/hers) is an environmental science major with a soon-to-be minor in Spanish. She is one of the administrative coordinators at the Women's Center and she loves to read, dance, and go on hikes. Jess wanted to join the Women's Center to help people feel a sense of community and comfort especially when conversing about serious issues that women face and are prevalent in our society. If you ever see Jess, don't be afraid to say hi!

Lily Niven

Administrative Coordinator/Department Scheduler and Newsletter Editor

lilyniven@ucsb.edu

 

Lily (she/her) is a third-year Political Science and English double major who hopes to pursue a career in law. She is proud to return to the Women's Center as an administrative coordinator and expand her passion for reproductive rights after spending the summer protecting abortion clinics with the Feminist Majority Foundation. In her free time, Lily loves to read, cook, bake, and sing in UCSB's only all-women acapella group! 

Maha Parsons

Administrative Coordinator/Pad & Tampon Distributor

mparsons@ucsb.edu

 

Maha (she/her) is a second-year Sociology major. She hopes to continue exploring the field and get involved in researching issues affecting women and other marginalized groups. She's excited to return to the Women's Center as an Administrative Coordinator after volunteering last year. In her free time, she loves to read, draw, paint, make jewelry, and spend time on the beach whenever she can. 

Alexis Jade Crisostomo

Administrative Coordinator/Social Media Coordinator

alexisjade@ucsb.edu

 

Alexis (she/they) is a fourth-year sociology and communication double major. She is excited to continue working with the Women's Center as an administrative coordinator and hopes their work will continue to impact the community and promote safety and discussion on campus. In her free time, Alexis likes making new playlists, scrolling on Pinterest, reading, cooking, and exploring new foodie places with her friends.

Student Programmers 

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Weena Yohannes

Student Programmer

weena@umail.ucsb.edu

 

Weena (she/her/hers) is a fourth year Biological Sciences major and Feminist Studies minor. She will be a student programmer for the Women's Center and is more than excited to foster an environment that is welcome to all identities on campus through fun events! Weena is currently involved in research in the Feminist Studies Department that is centered around reproductive justice and politics. In her free time, she loves listening to music and hanging out with her friends! 

Bri Reddick

Graduate Student Programmer

bri@umail.ucsb.edu

 

Bri (she/hers) is a third year PhD student in the feminist studies department. She is also a trauma informed yoga instructor, a dog mom, and a Leo! Bri is passionate about women of color feminist issues, ecofeminism, and reproductive justice! At the Women's Center she creates programming for grad students. Bri was drawn to the Women's Center because the Women's Center was her second home in undergrad and she wanted to facilitate that same dynamic for others at UCSB! Also the people who work there are so brilliant and compassionate!

Jada Brooks

Student Programmer

jadabrooks@ucsb.edu

 

Jada (she/her) is a third-year pre-biology major and feminist studies minor. She is on the pre-medical track and wants to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology. Jada wanted to be a part of the Women's Center because of the inclusive, supportive, and kind environment it strives to create in the center and on campus. Now, she is thrilled to be a part of the Women's Center as a programmer again this year. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and going on walks. 

Genessis Salcedo

Student Programmer

genessis_salcedo@ucsb.edu

 

Genessis, (she/her/ella), is a fourth-year Psychological and Brain Sciences major with an LGBTQ+ studies minor. She will be stepping into the role of Student Programmer where she hopes to serve and create space for underrepresented folks on campus! Outside of her academic pursuits, she loves cooking, dancing, painting, and overall chatting. When Genessis first got to campus as a 2nd year, she was drawn to the Women's Center's welcoming, enriching energy and is excited to contribute to it during her time there.