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.

  • Gender & Sexuality Specialist

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    Tam Welch

    Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


    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!

  • Interim Head Program Coordinator

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    Roxanna Diaz

    Pronouns: She/Her


    Roxanna Diaz, who also goes by Roxy, was born and raised in Riverside, California. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies with a focus in Social Justice and Public Policy. Prior to interning at the Women's Center, Roxy used to intern at Committee to Bridge the Gap which is a non-profit, nuclear-policy organization where she served as a legal research assistant and community advocate for the health and justice of the Simi Valley community and full remediation of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. She then proceeded to intern at the Women's Center as an Archival and Administrative intern her senior year of college and graduated from UCSC, following her position as a Program Coordinator for the UCSC Women's Center. Accountability, honesty, and outspokenness is all vital to Roxy's vision of whole-hearted, social change. Therefore, fearless, outspoken, and courageous womxn have been pivotal to Roxy's inspiration and growth which has fueled her drive to continue the legacy of womxn's empowerment at the UCSC Women's Center. Some of her favorite feminists are her sisters, Nessa & Jess, who continuously push Roxy to challenge her thoughts, challenge authority, never settle for less than what she dreams, and always advise to take the route of tender, self-love and courage. Some of the things Roxy really loves are magical realism books, very spicy foods, and dreaming of a better tomorrow.