Telmo Gonzalez ’22
Hey! I'm Telmo Gonzalez a first-generation, low-income Ecuadorian immigrant from Queens, NY. I'm currently a research assistant for the Spanish Department, and I'm part of La Causa's e-board. As an Amherst student, I'm looking to explore campus by getting involved with communities that I connect with which is why I currently work in the QRC. I'm hoping to foster/be part of a community that will truly help me understand what it means to be queer.
Lucheyla Celestino ’23
Hi! My name is Lucheyla Celestino and I use she/her pronouns. I’m from Lynn, Massachusetts but I also identify as Dominican, Afro-Latina, first-generation, low-income and queer. I am joining the QRC as a program coordinator and I also work with Phonathan connecting with our wonderful alumni. I am a Spanish major but I am also considering Anthropology/Sociology. I have a passion for music, dance and languages so come by the QRC if you want to have a good time!
Angel Musyimi ’23
Hi, I’m Angel! At the QRC I will be part of the staff as an Office Coordinator. I use she/her/hers
pronouns and am excited to be a part of the team! As a part of the class of 2023, I am interested
in Film, English, and Black Studies. In addition to these, I am very passionate about the multi-dimensional representation of queer and people of color in media. I am half Kenyan and half Tanzanian, but was born in Georgia and raised in New Jersey. In my free time I love to read, write, and watch a ton of movies. When I’m not doing those things, I love to play with my dog and hang out with my friends! I am excited to hang out and meet some new faces!
Sam Hodges ’23
Hi! My name is Sam Hodges (they/them), and I’m a Program Coordinator at the QRC. I’m a part of the class of 2023 from San Diego, California, although I spent half of my life in Windsor, England. I’m non-binary, bisexual and a British-American dual citizen. I’m majoring in Computer Science and potentially SWAGS. Some things I do outside of the QRC are horse riding, Zumba, and singing. I wanted to work in the QRC because my family and friends have always been there to support me while I figured out the complicated mess that is being queer, and I want to be there for others who are still figuring everything out. I also love the QRC and being around the people in it, and I thought this would be a great way to increase the time I spend here. Can’t wait to spend time with all of y’all!
Director of Gender and LGBTQ+ Equity and Engagement
Pronouns: they/them/theirs or she/her/hers
Hi, everyone! My name’s Hayley Georgia Nicholas, and I am the Director of Gender and LGBTQ+ Equity and Engagement. In this role, I oversee both the Women's and Gender Center and the Queer Resource Center. As director of the Queer Resource Center (QRC), my primary role on campus is to support queer* and trans students throughout their journey at Amherst (*queer is used here as an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community). You can reach out to me regarding how to navigate resources on campus, to schedule training, ask questions concerning collaborative programming with the QRC, and/or booking the QRC space. I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2017 where I studied Sociology and Education Studies. At Bowdoin, I oversaw the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention and was deeply involved in their Center for Multicultural Life and their Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center.
Before my time as Director, I worked in Amherst College’s Admission Office for 2.5 years on the Diversity Outreach Team. In this role, I supervised the Diversity Outreach Interns and led programs for prospective and admitted first-generation, low-income, and/or students of color. I am passionate about understanding and celebrating the experiences of women, femmes, trans, and nonbinary folks at Amherst and about creating inclusive space for individual and collective learning, growth, and healing. In my free time, I love hiking with my dog, throwing clay on the wheel, road-tripping, cooking, and listening to music and podcasts. I’m excited to continue my journey at Amherst with you as the Director of Gender and LGBTQ+ Equity and Engagement and can’t wait to meet you.
J.T. Martin, M.A.
Interim Assistant Dean of Students for Identity and Cultural Resources
J.T. served as the director of the Queer Resource Center from 2017 - 2023. Now, as the Interim Assistant Dean of Students for Identity and Cultural Resources, they supervise all of the professional staff in the Office of Identity and Cultural Resources (OICR) and serve as a liaison for the OICR's cross-departmental collaborations. J.T. works to bring change to campus through community building, stemming from programming, queer/trans inclusivity trainings, to policy implementation and beyond. In their free time, you can find them talking about desirability politics, affects/effects of student debt, and/or some combination of Netflixing, eating, cooking, or attempting to bake.