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.
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!
CAPS Brief Screen Counselor
Arash is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and is part of the clinical counseling team at CAPS. He completed his mental health internship at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood. His areas of clinical focus include depression, social anxiety, sexual health and identity formation, and academic/career development.
Arash is fluent in Farsi and carries conversational fluency in Spanish. Arash received his BA from UC Santa Cruz and MA in Psychology from Phillips Graduate University. His personal interest include ethnic food, flag football, biking, karaoke, independent cinema, and global traveling (he’s been to 10 countries). He enjoys working with students of various cultural, social and academic backgrounds and is dedicated in improving the quality of student life at UCLA.
Saeng Douangdara is an academic counselor at the Academic Advancement Program. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. All his work focuses on uplifting underrepresented communities since he came to the states as a refugee of the Vietnam War. Saeng is a proud queer Lao American with a variety of creative endeavors. He is a creative entrepreneur that focuses on how people experience food through his culinary arts. With a combination of his culinary experience, improv from Upright Citizens Brigade, and higher education, he merges his passions into what he calls the counseling chef. He teaches food history and science at the Gourmandise cooking school in Santa Monica. On his free time, Saeng loves running, tennis, and practicing improv.
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.
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.
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Kimberly Kampen achieved her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Arizona State University where she was a member of ASU’s College Council for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In spring of 2018, Kimberly will graduate with her Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership and Student Development. Throughout the past decade, Kimberly has established a career in business, specifically within fashion merchandising, styling and product development. Kimberly spent years on this extensive career curve that allowed her to work with many creative professionals in the fashion industry, particularly with a focus in visual communications, brand experience and marketing. Throughout this experience, in an industry that is fast-paced, ever-changing and people-focused, Kimberly uncovered a passion for counseling others on their career paths. Kimberly thrives in environments where she can use her past experiences and skills to enhance the experiences and opportunities for underserved populations. Now a Career Counselor for the UCLA Career Center, Kimberly brings with her a background of working within diverse environments in both higher education and fashion merchandising.
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.
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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 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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.