Dr. Saeromi Kim
Saeromi is currently serving as the Interim Director of the LGBT CRC and has been a Counselor in Residence at the LGBT CRC for the last 6 years. At CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), she is an Assistant Clinical Director and oversees much of their prevention and outreach efforts. Saeromi also created and currently chairs the Trans Wellness Team, comprised of CAPS and ASHE providers, as well as other campus partners.
Saeromi is Korean, lived in Venezuela for 13 years (ages 5-18), then came to the US as an international student in 1991. She is fluent in Spanish and can converse in Korean on good days. She received her BA in Psychology at Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Clark University. Her personal interests include hiking/walking, yoga, all food, rooting for the Dodgers, and playing league pool. Saeromi currently identifies (it’s been a fluid, ongoing process for Saeromi) as queer, lesbian, and mostly cisgender.
Megan van der Toorn
Assistant Director Email: email@example.com Pronouns: she/her/hers; they/them/theirs
Megan comes to UCLA by way of Nashville, TN where she earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Vanderbilt University. As a proud queer, feminist, lesbian, Megan pursues social justice work through an intersectional lens that focuses on the importance of personal narrative and navigating systems of power and privilege. In addition to her dedication to improving the queer student experience, Megan has spent over a decade critically analyzing representations of queer women on television and is always excited to engage in conversations about what’s happening on queer TV.
A graduate from UCLA, Kevin holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Kevin has a breadth of experience in a variety of roles ranging from teaching, case management, program management/evaluation, policy/data analysis, and research. He is passionate about using these skills and experiences to advance positive change and equity for underserved populations at the individual, community, organizational, and policy levels. In his spare time, Kevin sings for Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and enjoys yoga, running, traveling, and attending drag shows.
Jose is a fellow Angeleno that earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History at UCLA. As an undergraduate, he worked at the Fraternity & Sorority Life Office where he learned to promote an all-inclusive environment for students to feel welcomed, allowing them to do and be their best. Jose enjoys watching history-based shows and is on a mission to find the best tater tots in Los Angeles. He looks forward to meeting you all!
Dr. Dee Chappelear CAPS Counselor in Residence Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pronouns: she/her/hers
Dee is a lesbian identified staff psychologist at CAPS. She has worked extensively in community mental health settings with various populations, and is an enthusiastic advocate for social justice. Dee is a parent, with a multi-cultural family, and values diversity in its many intricate forms. In addition to UCLA campus life, Dee enjoys; travel, photography, various cuisine, sports, the outdoors, movies, board games, and playing with her puppies. Dee welcomes you to drop in and check out the center.
Terriel CoxCase ManagerEmail: email@example.comPronouns: she/her/hers
Terriel first joined the BRC as the Director of Bruin Guardian Scholars Program. Now, as Case Manager with the Office of the Dean of Students, Terriel works closely with the crisis response team, focusing on student populations from the BRC and the LGBT Center in order to connect them with resources on campus.
BRC & LGBT Center Case Manager firstname.lastname@example.org www.studentincrisis.ucla.edu
Currently attending Loyola Marymount University, Erin Haywood is actively pursuing a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling under the School of Education. Just recently, Erin has been hired as a Career Counselor with UCLA’s Career Center and is excited to bring creativity, compassion, and enthusiasm to her work. Prior to UCLA, she was a Career Guidance Counselor Assistant at West Los Angeles College’s Student Success & Support Program, where she able to assist a variety of students develop and execute their career and educational goals.
Although, her most current job titles reflect her passion for education and counseling services, her drive for social justice began during her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University(SFSU). At SFSU she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Africana Studies. Outside of work and school, Erin enjoys eating street tacos, quoting one-liners from movies, and exploring various hiking locations across Los Angeles.
A graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, Ali is starting his third year working at UCLA. He is happiest when he is able to help underrepresented students or students in crisis get through difficulties so that they can thrive at UCLA. Outside of UCLA, Ali is a member of the queer Muslims network of Los Angeles and enjoys discussing issues at the intersection of sexuality/gender and spirituality. Some of his favorite things to talk about are fashion and design.
Graphic Design Intern
Lilyan is a Design Media Arts major who is passionate about interactive design, the magic of gesture, and the intersections of art and technology.
Edward Scott Morrison Scholar and Programming Assistant Intern
I am a Southern California native, Long Beach to be specific. I am a second year UCLA undergraduate student studying in a Psychology major and Gender Studies Minor. Hoping to be a family or child therapist and possibly opening up a resource center back in Long Beach. I love to eat, socialize and enjoy the many styles of music. I one day hope to meet Beyonce.
Paola Rubio Rodriguez
Office Operations Intern and Edward Scott Morrison Scholar
Paola Rubio Rodriguez is a Queer Latina that is currently a third-year Nursing major. She’s a major advocate for Queer, Latinx, Black, and Undocumented populations. She aspires to one day become a Nurse Practitioner that provides health care for marginalized groups.
Social Media, Web and Marketing Intern
Andy is a third year English major, Education minor. Their have worked previously in the queer community with The Trevor Project and Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp. When not at the LGBT Center, you can find Andy reading in the stacks of YRL or sharing trivia while watching their favorite movies again and again.
Greetings, my name is Pam. I am a 20-year-old undergraduate student studying BioPsychology and Gender Studies at UCLA. I am a 3rd year transfer student from Long Beach City College and Cerritos Community College who will be graduating with the class of 2019. I chase sunsets, travel cities, oceans, and forests, and absorb whatever life has to offer. I spend most of my energy touching the lives of other people and striving for the equality of every human being. I aspire to become a professor of Gender Studies and activist/psychologist for the LGBTQ community.
Pronouns: she/her/hers, they/them/theirs
I am originally from the San Fernando Valley and graduated from a small private Catholic highschool in 2016. Currently, I am a second year Political Science major at UCLA. I plan on graduating in 2020 and have hopes of attending law school to one day become a civil attorney focusing on LGBTQ justice. On my free time I am a makeup aficionado/addict who enjoys doing my own makeup and makeup on other people. I run a small beauty YouTube channel on my free time, which focuses on eliminating the gender bias in the makeup community. Overall I like to keep a healthy balance of brains and beauty!
Programming Assistant Intern
Brayan Astorga is a Queer Latino transfer student from Oceanside, California. He graduated from MiraCosta Community College where he was president of their Gay Straight Alliance for two years and President of the Associated Student Government. Brayan also worked at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center as a HIV/AIDS Prevention Promoter.
He is majoring in Gender Studies and minoring in Education and LGBT Studies. Brayan's interests include anything that has to do with Lady Gaga, dogs, and learning, working, and advocating for the Queer Community.
De Neve Acacia Birch Resident Assistant, Edward Scott Morrison Scholar
Edward Scott Morrison Scholar and Special Projects Intern
Koby is a native Oregonian who has a deep love for the mountains near his hometown. Koby is currently a second year Spanish major. He plans on graduating UCLA in 2020, attending graduate school, then working in education or in translation.
In his spare time, Koby loves to read, listen to music, and watch movies. Koby's biggest aspiration is to one day assume his position on the Iron Throne.