Jen Self, PhD MSW:
Director, Jen Self’s secret identity is that of renaissance queer with a kick ass jump shot. A therapist and anti-oppression educator since 1996, Jen re-invented her queer activism through scholarship, program leadership, and teaching at the university of washington, completing an msw and a phd in social welfare. she lives in west seattle with her awesome partner meg (growandresist) and equally fabulous daughter lucy. jen believes that audre lorde, cornell west, martin luther king jr., andrea smith, patricia hill collins, cathy cohen, ramona beltran, and john denver (yes seriously) knew/know that social and economic justice was/is rooted in resistance of domination and a love ethic. jen, moment to moment, works to align her life with those principles and grounds the q center in a similar praxis. jen has an active mind and aspires to visionary thinking, so she easily loses herself in big thoughts and feelings; she thinks that we should all look at pictures of space more often to contextualize our existence. jen believes that love and light are not only the center of the universe but also the core concepts of sociopolitical justice, not to mention a winning combination for the Q Center. For self’s scholarly work see: Queering Queer Space. self is affiliate faculty at the uw school of social work and affiliate faculty for the sexuality and queer studies graduate certificate program.
Jaimée Marsh, MSW
Jaimée is a proud husky (social work, class of ’09) from Spokane, WA. Among other identities, she is a queer multiracial woman who celebrates the ambiguity and fluidity of her identities. She is an activist, an educator, and a scholar, and has used these talents to organize with queer people of color, youth, and first-generation college students for 10 years. Jaimée earned a masters in social work from the University of Michigan where she specialized in community development, educational policy, and evaluation. after working in multi-ethnic student affairs for 2.5 years, Jaimée is honored to be back at the q center where she worked as a programmer in undergrad! Jaimée gets excited about cultivating a space for people to be and to grow, building relationships and partnerships, and doing programs! Outside of work, Jaimée loves to travel and considers herself a chef (based on watching a lot of Food Network) and a food critic (based on her 2 reviews on Yelp). She is available for advising, social support, programming consultation, etc.
Dennis Coy Denman
Dennis Coy Denman joined the Q Center Staff as the Mentor Program Coordinator in Fall 2014. He is originally from South Central Los Angeles and graduated from the infamous Crenshaw High School. Dennis was the first in his family to go to college, where he majored in Sociology at UCLA. He is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education from the College of Education at the University of Washington. He was highly involved in student clubs and organizations like the Black Student Union, Student Government, and the former foster youth college program, Bruin Guardian Scholars. He considers himself an advocate and a voice for the voiceless. He’s passionate about helping underrepresented students navigate the university and empowering students to take ownership over their college experiences. Stop by the Q Center to hear his jokes, his #hashtags of life, and learn more about the Queer Mentoring Program.
Student Staff Bios:
Adrian Sancho (he him/they them) is a raging homosexual. He likes cats, food, Netflix, video games, and boys; and can relate a whole lot to Lumpy Space Princess. He’s a sophomore hoping to major in Public Health, and plans to go to grad school afterwards.
Greetings! I’m Alex or you can call me Al (no copyright infringement intended). I’m majoring in Germanics and comparative literature. I love world languages. I speak English and Laotian fluently. I’m academically learning German at the moment. I also have taken Italian, French and Japanese. I also know some Dutch (but it’s self-taught). I play the flute, viola and guitar. I like to write and read especially contemporary YA novels. I’m the current affairs officer in German Club and I’m also an officer in QPOCA. My favorite gelato flavor is yogurt.
“Courage is the magic to make dreams into reality” -Emil Castagnier (Tales of Symphonia- Dawn of the New World)
Cecille Del Rosario is a senior aiming for a degree in Japanese Linguistics. They work with Anak Bayan, a comprehensive, national democratic mass organization of the Filipino youth. They also like romantic strolls to the fridge, playing with their baby nephew, and critically analyzing Japanese pop idols’ roles in Japanese society from a fan’s point of view.
Eliza is the Outreach/Events Coordinator, which means she LOVES hearing from YOU and other curious souls wanting to get involved with the Q Center. She is hyper-obsessed with all things theatre (especially within the realm of queer, feminist, and/or Asian American drama) and loves traveling! Ask her about her recent trips to the UK and China! You’ll find her in one of three natural habitats: the Q Center, the Drama building, or her awesome sorority. Eliza is now entering into her final year at the UW. She is a double major in Drama: Performance and English (Creative Writing).
If you stop by the Q Center and see someone dancing or rapping with cool colored hair, that’s probably Natalie. Natalie uses their rad time management skills to juggle Advo-QTs, Young Democrats, Queer People of Color Alliance, Peer Health Educators, on top of classes, research, and working as the QPOC Advocate for the Q Center at the University of Washington. They are majoring in Psychology with a minor in GWSS and Dance. When they find the time, they like kicking it with friends, slamming poetry, practicing aerial silks, listening to Beyoncé, hiking, climbing trees, and going on impromptu adventures. If you want them to love you forever, offer them cat cuddles and terrible puns.
Oly is in their second year here at the UW, studying pre-natural health topics and majoring in CHID. As the education coordinator of the Q Center, they co-facilitate Queer 101 with James, coordinate Safe Zone training sessions on campus, and run the new advice column on our website, Dear Queer. Off campus, they coach volleyball, draw both for fun and for profit, consume absurd amounts of media in embarrassingly short amounts of time, cook easy-to-follow recipes, and blog incessantly about things that don’t matter.
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