Interim Director

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    Esther Wallace
    Pronouns: she/her/hers 
    Esther Wallace received her Bachelor of Arts from Agnes Scott College, with a degree in Asian Studies and Women's Studies. After graduating, she received a Fulbright grant to teach English and intercultural education in Taiwan, and served the community as Executive Director of ACTION Network in Gainesville, Florida. Esther joined UCSC in 2015 as the Colleges Programs Coordinator for Colleges Nine and Ten and is thrilled to be joining the team at the Women's Center during this exciting season of transition. Currently, Esther is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. 

  • Gender & Sexuality Specialist

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    Tam Welch

    Pronouns:They/Them/Theirs

    Email: tamw@ucsc.edu

    This is Tam's 15th year at UC Santa Cruz.  

    Tam Welch started at UCSC's Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center as the Program Coordinator in 2002 and then 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 success. They are a parent and call Santa Cruz home. They love the beaches, redwoods, biking, traveling and the LGBTQ+ 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 educational, political, and organizational aspects within the LGBTQIA+  (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual plus) communities and working on ways to create spaces for healing from gendered violence here at UCSC.

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


  • Program Coordinator

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    Mary Heu

    Pronouns: She/Her/They/Them

    Email: mheu@ucsc.edu

    Mary is excited to be part of the Women's Center team as the Program Coordinator. She is a recent graduate at UCSC with a B.A. in History. She idenitifies as a 2nd generation queer femme Hmong American woman, passionate about social justice, creating spaces of healing, and the empowerment of womxn of color. She enjoys bike rides, poetry, listening to podcasts, rainy weather, and a good laugh.