Our Staff

Julián Cancino
Julián Cancino
Director
Usdan G-069
Pronouns: he, him, his

Julián Cancino is the inaugural director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at Brandeis University. He is the primary point of contact for Brandeis' efforts to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution for women and LGBTQAI+ students, faculty, and staff. He also has a special responsibility to advance policy development, community building, and institutional intervention as necessary.

Prior to joining Brandeis, Julián worked at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and served as director of the Latinx Center at Tufts University. Born and raised in Chiapas, Mexico, Julián started his career in the legal field working at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in San Francisco; Munger, Tolles, & Olson (MTO) in Los Angeles; and LGBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in Boston. He is a proud graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he helped established the nationally-recognized Undocumented Student Program to serve low-income, first generation, and immigrant students. Julián is passionate about photography, rock climbing, and hiking with family and friends.

Ask me about how to support LGBTQ+ life at Brandeis, exploring gender identity and expression, exploring sexuality, family acceptance, ally resources for faculty and educators, ally resources for parents and guardians, intersectionality, racial justice, international experiences, first-generation experiences, social justice, and student activism.

Julie Le
Department Coordinator
Usdan G-069
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Julie is originally from California but went to college in Nebraska and graduated from Creighton University in 2019 with a degree in Philosophy and French. While in college she worked with students on campus, regularly on staff for dormitories and for the theatre department. She is also experienced in the non-profit sector, previously working to bridge disparity gaps in child populations with Voices for Children (NE) and currently serving as a social media strategist for Asian Women for Health (Boston). More recently she built her office admin and managerial skills working for biotech companies in Boston. In the gig economy, she also enjoys tutoring and sometimes collaborating with artists as a lyricist.

Ask me about music, art, philosophy (ethics, feminism, artificial intelligence, film), travel, or anything you like! I enjoy learning about others and expanding my interests. I hope to meet you all either in person or virtually!

Landen Motyka, LCSW
LGBTQIA+ Specialist and BCC Staff Therapist Community Therapist to Gender & Sexuality Center

Landen is a white, queer, trans and non-binary clinical social worker. They are available for short-term community therapy at the Gender and Sexuality Center, as well as ongoing sessions at the Brandeis Counseling Center. 

Ask me about resources for coming out, transition related care, polyamory/non-monogamy, gender and sexuality, racial and gender identity development, police and prison abolition, their epic summer reading list, cultivating gender affirming personal style, and their cat, Soosy.

Student Workers

  • Neha K, Graduate Student Assistant
  • Jasper R
  • Jonah N
  • Maggie H
  • Sammie C