Interim Director

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    Stephanie Milton, M.A. & M.Div.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Email: milton@ucsc.edu 

    Stephanie Milton believes that intentional listening and radical acceptance are key to transformative embodied experiences. Having lived and worked with diverse communities in and outside of higher education, she strives to embody the work that her soul must have:  authentic liberation for all who want it. As one of her role models, Fannie Lou Hamer, once said, "When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don't speak out ain't nobody going to speak out for you." Stephanie has always centered womxn's work in her professional life and scholarship, having received a BA in Political Science from Spelman College, researched the intersections of race and gender within political and spiritual communities while earning her MA in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, volunteered in anti-violence circles, managed and directed the UC Womxn's Center, served as a member of the Santa Cruz County Women's Commission, and advised several gender-based organizations. Before she returned to UC Santa Cruz, she worked in healthcare and higher education as a dean of spiritual life, adjunct lecturer, chaplain, and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  • Program Coordinator

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    Abbygale González, B.A.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

    Email: agonza64@ucsc.edu

    Abbygale González is the Womxn's Center Program Coordinator at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a first-generation college graduate from Watsonville, CA. She received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She is passionate about advancing gender equity, dismantling white supremacy and the patriarchy as well as empowering minoritized communities. 

    Favorite feminists: Frida Kahlo, bell hooks, and Audre Lorde. 


  • MINT Graduate Coordinator

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    Amanda Carbajal, M.S.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

    Email: acarbaj3@ucsc.edu 

    Amanda is a first-generation, Latinx, immigrant background 4th-year Ph.D. Candidate. Her research background and interests include Astrobiology (the study of life on Earth and the Universe) and Microbiology. She studies how UTI causing E. coli harbor antibiotic resisting mutations that allow long-term health problems in hopes of leveraging these mutations as biomarkers and developing novel antibiotics. She is also passionate about equity and inclusion in education and the Academy overall, as well as improving the access of scientific knowledge with communities in a trusting way. She plans on going back to her astrobiology roots at NASA or working on developing novel ways of treating infectious diseases in developing countries after she is done with her Ph.D. 

    She was drawn to the Womxn's Center, specifically the M.I.N.T program because it is refreshing to be around dynamic individuals who were a lot more diverse in phenotypes and ideologies than in the Academy, specifically STEM. Additionally, the Womxn's Center's radical culture toward equity and social justice falls in line with her own personal ethics and allows her to think more critically of them in a way not discussed in science frequently enough. Considering the additional challenges faced while carving a pathway in academia due to her intersecting identities of womxn, daughter of immigrants, low socioeconomic background, supporting wrongly incarcerated family members, and lack of academic resources, she felt compelled to bring light to these inequities in an active, positive, and collaborative manner. The M.I.N.T program allows her the privilege to do just that by helping bring to fruition these shared philosophies to UCSC's undergraduate womxn scholars by supporting them in accessing graduate school.

    When not teaching, she is in the lab working on her research thesis and/or with her student colleagues. She loves spending time with her dogs, writing, and traveling to places she has only read about (in a Pre-Covid world). To recharge, she loves dancing and has done it for fun, competitive events, and as a personal form of therapy. She mixes several styles such as hip-hop, ballet, and pole dance to create choreography that speaks to her and the experiences she has had.
      
    Favorite feminists: bell hooks.