Leadership

The Gender and Sexuality Center leadership team works alongside campus partners and student leaders to help promote a more diverse and inclusive Brandeis.

Julián Cancino
Julián Cancino
Inaugural Director
Usdan G-069
Pronouns: he/him/his
Juanica Buchanan
Juanica Buchanan
LGBTQIA+ Specialist and Community Therapist
Pronouns: she/they
Taylor McTootle
Taylor McTootle
Department Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her
Eli Sobel
Eli Sobel
Program Administrator
Usdan G-069
Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Pride Reps

Sammi Cohen
Sammi Cohen ’22
Senior Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
Washington, D.C.

Majors: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Social Justice & Social Policy; Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

Ask me about: anything from hesitancies/uncertainties surrounding coming out to queer academics at Brandeis to changing how you identify!

Maggie Hastings
Maggie Hastings ’22
Senior Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
Massachusetts

Majors: History; East Asian Studies; Theater

Ask me about: queer grieving (lost experiences and chances), LGBTQ+ history and representation, and queerness/womanhood in academia (and at Brandeis!)

Daphne Ballesteros
Daphne Ballesteros ’24
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
New York

Majors: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Ask me about: being and finding support as a woman of color on campus, being an ally, finding inclusive spaces and groups,and finding culturally competent therapists!

Tanner Eustace
Tanner Eustace ’24
Pride Rep
Pronouns: he/him
Connecticut

Majors: Biology; Health: Science, Society, & Policy

Ask me about: the coming out process and how I have used my resources to help me navigate the journey, including academics, websites with LGBTQ+ stories, and music. And for fun, feel free to connect with me regarding my Nintendo games addiction, especially Mario Kart!

Kyla-Yen Giffin
Kyla-Yen Giffin ’23
Pride Rep
Pronouns: they/them
California

Major: Anthropology

Ask me about: being a queer/trans person of color at Brandeis, exploring gender identity and expression, and navigating dating, sex, and relationships as a queer person! I also love talking queer theory and discussing favorite queer writers and queer works of literature!

Charlotte Li
Charlotte Li ’24
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
Massachusetts

Majors: Biology; Health: Science, Society, & Policy

Ask me about: my role as CA in East Quad, being on the women’s soccer team, how to get involved in research on campus, being within student government as a Senator-at-Large, how to start a new club on campus, my role in Waltham Group, or my role as Intramural Sports Supervisor. Also ask me about my baking and cooking skills!

Paige Mandia
Paige Mandia ’24
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
Massachusetts

Majors: English; Politics; Psychology

Ask me about: how to begin to foster an inner acceptance of your identity(ies), the importance of mental health/self-care in the LGBTQ+ community, how to develop the skills to advocate for yourself, and definitely ask me about queer/feminist fantasy novels. I come prepared at all times with a multitude of book recommendations.

Amelia Trahan
Amelia Trahan ’24
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
Massachusetts

Majors: English; Sociology

Ask me about: critical race theory, Asian American identity, multiracial identity, poetry by and for people of color, and the first-generation experience. I am a huge fan of Grey's Anatomy (mostly during the MAGIC era if you know what I mean), so we can definitely touch on that as well!

Alexander Wicken
Alexander Wicken ’23
Pride Rep
Pronouns: he/him
Connecticut

Majors: Politics; Philosophy; Social Justice & Social Policy

Ask me about: queer and trans topics, my love for John Denver, my experience as an athlete on the Varsity Fencing Team, or my experience as a Community Advisor with DCL.