Director of the Women's Center

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    Colleen S. Rice

    Pronouns: she/her


    Phone: 831-459-2169

    Colleen Rice calls the Bay Area home, but grew up moving all around the country. She graduated with a BA in Vocal Music Performance and Political Science from Winthrop University in South Carolina, and received her MSEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. After a brief stint as a temporary CRE at Rachel Carson College for Fall 2016, Colleen proceeded to Sonoma State University, where she served as the Coordinator for Transfer and Transition Programs for two years. In that role, Colleen directly supervised 75+ student leaders who served in First- and Second-Year Experience courses.  
    Beyond transition programs, Colleen has worked as an advocate for Women and Gender issues in various roles. She served on the Communications Team for theWomen in Student Affairs Knowledge Community for just under two years, serves as an editor on the review board for NASPA's Women and Gender in Higher Education journal, and began a second Masters degree in Women and Gender Studies at SFSU in fall of 2018. She looks forward to returning to UC Santa Cruz to join the legacy of rich storytelling and fierce advocacy for all students, faculty, and staff, whether women-identified, non-binary, or ally alike. She is honored to join the Resource Center team and can't wait to contribute joyfully as a part of the Banana Slug family.

  • Program Coordinator

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    Tracy L. García

    Pronouns: she/ella/they


    Tracy L. García is a queer fat femme xicana from South East Los Angeles. She’s an alum of UC Santa Cruz and graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 2012. Tracy is going into her 3rd year working for the Resource Centers at UCSC as a Program Coordinator for the Lionel Cantú Queer Center and the Women’s Center organizing programs such as Noche de Jotería with El Centro, Sister Solidarity and Take Back the Night. As a queer feminist organizer in LA, she worked as a Chapter Leader for the California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, co-leading community outreach projects centered on expanding the narrative around Reproductive Justice beyond access to safe/legal abortions & to include queer/trans experiences. More recently she was involved with the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective TJ Study and has been exploring Transformative Justice as a personal framework to address harm, accountability, to support and be in solidarity with survivors. Tracy hopes to continue her feminist and social justice work in grad school and is currently looking into programs in the Bay Area.

    During her free time Tracy enjoys visiting different coffee shops, singing her favorite rancheras and oldies, journaling, reading everything Chani Nicholas posts about astrology, dabbling with tarot, spending time at West Cliff in Santa Cruz, and dancing to cumbias & 80s music.

  • Gender & Sexuality Specialist

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    Tam Welch



    Phone: 831-459-1674

    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: Tam 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 the Ohio State University.

    Family: Born in Korea, Tam 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. Tam is a parent and calls Santa Cruz home, loves the beaches, redwoods, biking, traveling and the LGBTQIA+ community!

    What they like: Tam is 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 working with students in building an inclusive community. Tam also spends 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!