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Staff & Interns
The Gender Equity Center is staffed by three professionals as well as various program interns and volunteers. Below you will find information about each staff member.
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Director -- Assistant Dean of Students
Tel: 510-643-0788 | Fax: 510-642-4788 | Email: email@example.com
Billy Curtis has worked on college campuses as a professional since 1990. Over the years he has held many positions from Hall Director to Director of Student Activities. Billy was appointed to be the first full time coordinator of LGBT services at UC Berkeley in 1999. During his time at Cal, Billy has led in the development and implementation of a full suite of services for the campus LGBT community. Under his leadership GenEq’s programs and impact have grown exponentially. He established Cal’s first Lavender Graduation, led UCB to address Hate Crimes and Hate Acts more effectively, and led the university toward better inclusion for the campus Transgender community.
Billy is responsible for providing consultation to UC Berkeley staff, faculty, students, and senior campus administrators on policies that pertain to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment, and hate crimes/bias related incidents. He is committed to fostering a campus climate that resists exclusion, and values the myriad of identities present among the student, faculty and staff populations.
Billy began his career journey at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. It was during this time there as a resident assistant, student leader and activist, that he began developing a strong desire to work for making institutions of higher education more responsive and inclusive of various diverse identities, particularly marginalized identities. He later went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Billy is not only active on campus but also sits on various Boards of Directors and city-wide committees in San Francisco. He is also active in a number of national organizations and has delivered lectures on race, gender and sexuality at other universities nationally. He is excited about the possibilities the full realization of a Gender Equity Resource Center can bring to UC Berkeley.
Director of Women's Resources, Sexual Harassment/Assault Resources
Tel: 510-643-5727 | Fax: 510-642-4788 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine (cici) Ambrosio has worked at the UC Berkeley for over ten years. In her current role at the Director of Women’s Resources, she is responsible for women’s empowerment programming, sexual harassment/sexual assault resources, and working with student peer educators. During her time on campus, cici has worked collaboratively to plan successful Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Awareness weeks, and women’s focused events like the longstanding Empowering Women of Color Conference and Vagina Monologues. Additionally, she led efforts to educate the campus about sexual violence, including being part of the Systemwide efforts through the Office of Violence against Women grant.
Cici began her career in the UC system when she got her first job working as a student worker in the Doe Library. Later, she worked as a student coordinator for the Immigrant Student Program and a front desk clerk in Student Activities. In addition, cici was very involved in the campus Pilipino community - in groups like Pilipino American Alliance (PAA) and contributing to maganda magazine. She immersed herself in Tagalog classes and was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to a summer study abroad. All these experiences inspired her to work in higher education as a way to give back to the community and as a way to help other students who may feel lost in a large institution like Berkeley. After finishing her B.A. in Art Practice, cici took a position at the Office of Student Conduct. Then, she decided to get Masters degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, concentrating on Arts in Education. After graduation, she moved back to Los Angeles and worked briefly as a professor’s assistant at UCLA’s Department of Gerontology until she was offered a position at Berkeley.
Cici has continued to be involved in the community. As a runner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, cici raised funds to support research on blood-related cancers. For a few years, she continued as a coach for the Runbutans, a fundraising effort for the Manilatown Heritage Foundation to rebuild the International Hotel, which is low-income housing for seniors. Most recently, she is involved with the SLC Sole Team, a fundraising effort for the Student Learning Center. As a Cal alum, cici enjoys talking with students about their own career paths and is excited about ways that GenEq impact students lives on campus.
Program and Events Assistant
Tel: 510-643-5730 | Fax: 510-642-4788 | Email: email@example.com
Dee is a L.A native, born and raised in the 818— in a large but close knit family of Guatemalan refugees. She has been community organizing since she was 15, around prison abolition. As an undergrad at UC Berkeley she dedicated her time and emotional energy to spaces such as the Gender Equity Resource Center, the Multicultural Community Center and the Female Sexuality De-Cal— engaging her peers and community in critical conversations of intersectional identity particularly around race, gender, and sexuality. After being awarded the Judith Lee Stronach Prize and the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust Fund Grant in May 2014, Dee created Nuestras Vidas Importan: A Bilingual Community Engagement Program for Latina Madres in SF, in collaboration with the Mission Cultural Community Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) and the Women's Building in SF. Dee is currently finishing up Nuestras Vidas Importan, working at the Gender Equity Resource Center as one of the Program and Events Assistant. Dee is committed and dedicated to community building across difference, when she is not facilitating, typing away at GenEq or in the MCC she is probably doing yoga.
Program and Events Assistant
Tel: 510-643-5730 | Fax: 510-642-4788 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diamond Raymond is a southern California born, Bay Area transplant who identifies as a writer above all. Diamond has focused her advocacy on using poetry and literature to inspire, heal and empower folks who have known suffering and pain to be apart of the human condition. As an individual who has lived in many different communities and has participated in many different movements surrounding various identities, Diamond is inspired by and dedicated to reaching a level of advocacy and allyship that pays respect to our intersectionalities and differences while staying united by the kind of love that heals and empowers us all. Diamond graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Gender and Women's Studies. Taking her own identity and experience as a starting point Diamond focused her research and studies on black women and their experiences operating between the political and social contexts. As a Spectrum intern at Gender Equity Resource Center Diamond sought to provoke conversations of intersectionality as it relates to race, gender, sex, and sexism.
Tel: 510-643-5730 | Fax: 510-642-4788 | Email: email@example.com
Marisa Boyce was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and was an activist/jock/nerd who starting working for social justice at the age of 14. Marisa has focused on advocating for the LGBT communities, empowering women, practicing anti-racist activism as white person, supporting global justice and empowering youth. Marisa has come to understand the relationship between social justice and healthcare is critical, and that taking care of yourself and your immediate community are essential to realizing any larger vision of social justice. Also, as a genderqueer person living with chronic pain Marisa is very interested in the body: what it means to us individually and the expectations we, and others, place on it.
Marisa graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a B.A. in Development Studies, studying the political and economic development of developing nations, and spent most of the 5 years at Berkeley focused on advocating for justice, peace and equality on a global scale. Happy to focus on communities and issues that were primarily local and felt tangible, Marisa worked as a Program Assistant at the Gender Equity Resource Center in the 2004-2005 academic year. After spending a year as a student intern, Marisa joined the professional staff team in 2005 as the Program Coordinator.
As Program Coordinator at the Gender Equity Resource Center, Marisa works with women and LGBT students, and their allies, to develop leadership skills; advises student groups whose work centers around LGBT and women’s issues; coordinates GenEq events; maintains GenEq’s website; and generally supports the communities that GenEq works with.