Q Center

Jen, Director

Jen'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. 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, Associate Director

Jaimée (pronouns: she/her/hers & they/them/theirs) 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 15 years.  Jaimée earned a Masters in Social Work and specializes in community development, social policy, and program evaluation.  For the past six years, Jaimée has worked in student affairs  and is honored to return to the Q Center - her home during undergrad - where she currently serves at the Associate Director. Jaimée gets excited about cultivating a space for people to be their full selves and building meaningful partnerships.  Outside of work, Jaimée loves to travel, and is an aspiring chef.

Lev & Max, Advisor

Lev (they/she) has a masters in social work from UW (’13) and is forever a student of life. Lev believes in harm reduction, self-determination, and magic.  Lev swims in Lake Washington year round and works in community with Resource Generation, Jewish Voice for Peace Seattle, and QuAIA Seattle.

Max (all pronouns) is Lev’s companion and is always searching for new friends and new snacks.  Max works at the Q Center Tuesdays 2pm-4pm and is also available by appointment.  Contact Lev at zohlev@uw.edu to schedule a time to take Max out for a walk or game of fetch, with or without Lev!

Amanda, Graduate Assistant

Amanda is a second-year grad student in the school of public health and works as the Q Center's GSA. Born in Jersey and raised in Texas, she constantly misses philly cheesesteaks and tex-mex, but has come to love Seattle's parks and appreciation for poke. She is obsessed with women's soccer, enjoys playing video games, and unironically loves the Charlie's Angels movies. On occasion, she makes art from her favorite nerdy tv shows and brings homemade baked goods to share at the Q Center.

Charlene, Student Veteran Life Intersectionality Representative

Charlene is working with the Q Center through Student Veteran Life. She is a second year grad student with the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. She was born and raised in Southern California, but has spent several years soaking up the sun in Hawai'i. She moved to Seattle in 2016 and desperately misses the beautiful beaches and plate lunches. Here in Seattle she is still learning how to layer clothing to stay warm. Her favorite thing on the planet is Hawaiian Monk Seals.

Eli, Graphic Designer

Eli is a third year Design major at UW from Wenatchee, WA. He may have been born an hour and a half after his twin sister, but he's never slow to show off his creativity and artful eye with the amazing graphics, flyers, and posters he creates for the Q Center. In his free time, he enjoys photography, drawing, and running (away from people who pronounce gif as "jif").

Jenesis, QPOC Advocate

Jenesis is in her third year at UW, majoring in American Ethnic Studies. Born into this world with two teeth, she's always prepared to greet you at the Q Center with a warm smile and helpful hand. When she's not planning events and programs as QTPOC Advocate, she devotes her time to community organizing, scrapbooking, and taking long walks in hidden parks.

Mal, Librarian

Mal Nair is the Q-Center librarian! They are passionate about building community through literature and used to play pretend-librarian as a kid, so this is basically a dream job. They are a senior at UW, majoring in something math and philosophy, and are very good at hugging and eating copious amounts of rice. They are involved in facilitating QPOCA, Queer 101, Q Ink and Q Book Club this year. They can often be seen loudly complaining (lovingly) about their coworkers Monday through Friday 10-6. They would also love to take book requests for new additions to the library as well as talk about anything that the denizens of the Q-Center would like to discuss.