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Andy Cofino is honored to join the strong team at the UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center! He has worked with LGBTQIA+ communities for more than a decade and comes to UCLA from the Princeton University LGBT Center, where he served for five and a half years. Andy’s work at Princeton included consulting staff, faculty, students, and senior campus administrators on policies related to sexual and romantic orientation, gender identity, sexual harassment, and hate crimes/bias related incidents. He also designed and facilitated trainings for faculty and staff on LGBTQIA+ related topics, in addition to providing programming, support, and services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
As a man of transgender experience, Andy is often sought out by trans and non-binary students, faculty, and staff who seek guidance regarding housing and facilities, transition and healthcare, lack of support from family and peers, and gender-based violence and discrimination. He is committed to a holistic and intersectional approach to his work, recognizing sexual orientation and gender identity are informed and influenced by race, ethnicity, sex, culture, age, ability, documentation status, class, faith, and additional social identities and lived experiences.
Andy previously served as a graduate assistant in the New York University LGBTQ Student Center. Additionally, in 2012 he took part in the Soulforce Equality Ride, traveling across the U.S. to engage with campus administrators at religiously affiliated institutions about inclusion and affirmation of LGBTQIA+ students.
Andy currently serves on the executive board for the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Italian from Pace University and a Master of Arts degree in LGBTQ Studies, Social Justice, and Creative Writing from New York University.
Originally from New York, in his free time Andy loves to cook family recipes, walk his dog Alma, and listen to Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Conversations podcast. He identifies as an Italian/Sicilian American, white, bisexual man of trans experience.
Megan van der Toorn
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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.
In this role, Kevin currently oversees all of the LGBT CRC's educational trainings and curriculum, events and programs, stakeholder engagement, and marketing. Kevin also previously chaired the UCLA LGBTQ Affairs Committee and worked at the UCLA LGBTQ Studies Program where he oversaw an international research conference and created and edited an academic journal for queer scholarship.
Kevin grew up in Orange County, CA to Mexican immigrant parents. Kevin received his BA in Social Ecology from UC Irvine and Masters degrees in Public Policy and Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Kevin has over eight years of experience in intersectional organizing, programming, marketing/outreaching, counseling/advising, teaching, policy advocacy/analysis and research. In his spare time, Kevin provides research support for Los Angeles County's efforts to track and combat hate crimes, 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.
Alejandra graduated from UCLA in 2013 without a clear sense of her career options. Through intentional career exploration and self-reflection, she discovered that a career in student counseling and development would be a true match for her based on her interests, values, and skills. She is now a proud graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s social justice based program in Guidance and Counseling. From uncertainty to clarity, Alejandra finds herself enthusiastically coaching UCLA students through their own self and career development journeys.
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Edward Scott Morrison Scholar and Programming Assistant Intern
I am a Southern California native, Long Beach to be specific. I am a third 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.
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Kai is a second year Psychobiology major at UCLA. He is a Resident Assistant on the hill, is on the executive board of Transgender UCLA Pride (TransUP), serves as a Membership Coordinator for Lavender Health Alliance, and is the Photo Editor for OutWrite Newsmagazine in addition to interning at the UCLA LGBT Center. When Kai isn’t busy juggling their work and extracurriculars, they like to hang out with friends, take photos, and watch TV.
Edward Scott Morrison Scholar and Volunteer
Koby is a native Oregonian who has a deep love for the mountains near his hometown. Koby is currently a third 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.
Edwards Scott Morrison Scholar and Programming and Events Intern
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Mario is an enthusiastic second year gay Latino majoring in Human Biology and Society B.S. He was born and raised in LA and is of Honduran descent. He wishes to enter the health field to help address health disparities within marginalized groups especially Queer, Undocumented, and Latinx communities. In his mean time he enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and having fun.
Paola Rubio Rodriguez
Office Operations Intern and Edward Scott Morrison Scholar
Paola Rubio Rodriguez is a Queer Latina that is currently a fourth-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.