Gender & Sexuality Specialist

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    Tam Welch

    Pronouns:They/Them/Theirs

    Email: tamw@ucsc.edu

    Tam Welch started working at UCSC's Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center as the Program Coordinator in 2002 and then at the 6 Resource Centers as the Gender and Sexuality Specialist in 2013. The Resource Centers include the African American Resource and Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, Chicano/Latino (El Centro) Resource Center, Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center and Women's Center.

    In the past: They traveled around the world performing modern dance, choreographing dance works, and received an MFA in Modern Dance Performance from the Ohio State University. They also worked as the Asian American Student Services Coordinator at Ohio State University.

    Family: Born in Korea, they grew up in Miami, Florida in a large, non-traditional, multi-ethnic family, which required excellent go-with-the-flow and multi-tasking--two skills that are essential for thriving. They are a parent and call Santa Cruz home. They love the beaches, redwoods, biking, traveling and the LGBTQIA+ community!

    What they like: They are always excited to meet new folks, see new things, try new adventures, eat, chat, dance, garden, hike, and last but not least, take naps in the sun! But, of course, much of their time is spent here, at UCSC, advising, teaching, organizing or leading students in building an inclusive community. They also spend considerable time working with students on ways to create space for healing from gendered violence here at UCSC.

    Hopefully, you'll drop-a-line, meet-up and join in the multiple efforts here at the Resource Centers!