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

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

Majors: Politics; Philosophy; Social Justice & Social Policy

Ask me about: Anything related to gender or sexuality, but I am especially interested in topics related to trans activism, understanding your identity, building queer community. Also feel free to ask me about my advocacy for trans athletes!

Annitah Nakandi
Pride Rep
Bintou Baysmore
Bintou Baysmore
Pride Rep
Branden Garcia
Branden Garcia ’25
Pride Rep
Pronouns: they/them
Hometown: Chelsea, MA

Majors: Music; Latin American, Caribbean, Latinx Studies; and African and African American Studies

Ask me about: Dating and MLM relationships as a queer masculine-presenting non-binary person, being in an all male-aligned a cappella group (VoiceMale) on campus, writing poetry, discussing Rupaul's Drag Race, living in a predominantly Latino community while queer, community organizing, enacting change through local city government, and multiracial identity!

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

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

Ask me about: how to get involved in research on campus, 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!

Emily Braun
Emily Braun ’24
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/they
Hometown: New Hope, PA

Major: Anthropology

Ask me about: Quadball, Stardew Valley, Bananagrams (and challenge me to play a game of Bananagrams with you).

Keren Bobilev
Keren Bobilev ’24
Pride Rep
Pronouns: they/them
Hometown: Newton, MA

Major: Biological Physics

Ask me about: Intersectionality of culture or neurodivergence and queerness, sustainability and recycling (more specifically of art projects including clothing and revamping the closet using old clothing), and my adventures as a volunteer!

Kristianna Lapierre
Kristianna Lapierre ’25
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Smithfield, RI

Majors: Sociology; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Social Justice and Social Policy

Ask me about: Self-care tips and practices, queer media (and recommendations!), and studying gender and sexuality in Amsterdam this past summer. Also let’s chat about what we’ve been reading lately!

Liz Sandoval
Liz Sandoval ’25
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/they
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Business Management and Music Composition

Ask me about: Being a queer woman of color at Brandeis, exploring gender identity and expression, overcoming/healing religious LGBTQ+ trauma, finding representation in queer media, and prioritizing holistic well-being in the LGBTQ+ community. Or anything else, which I will answer to the best of my ability.

Madison Williams-Casey
Madison Williams-Casey ’25
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Dorchester, MA

Ask me about: The transition from high school to college, friendships, and identity development.

Sam Brower
Sam Brower ’25
Pride Rep
Pronouns: he/they

Ask me about: My latest LGBTQ+ TV show obsession!

Tanner Eustace
Tanner Eustace ’24
Pride Rep
Pronouns: he/him
Hometown: Simsbury, CT

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

Ask me about: My interest in music – I play percussion and have recently started singing, and I have done virtual auditions for both America's Got Talent and American Idol!

Tasha Epstein
Tasha Epstein ’25
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Major: Social sciences (unconfirmed)

Ask me about: Finding queer community, LGBTQ+ history and representation, being out-of-the-closet in the corporate sphere, and/or my cats :)

Viridia
Viridia ’25
Pride Rep
Pronouns: she/they
Hometown: South Orange, NJ

Major: Computer Science (unconfirmed)

Ask me about: Seeking trans healthcare, transfemininity/ trans womanhood, questioning or realizing that you’re trans, queer discourse on the internet, and more.