Meet the Queer Resource Center Staff

 

Teija being a baddie

Tejia Pavao '21 

Outreach Coordinator
Pronouns: they/them/theirs 

Hi everyone!

My name is Tejia Pavao and I use they/them pronouns. Originally from Rhode Island, I’ve lived in Virginia Beach for most of my life. I’m also an Asian Languages/Civilizations and History double major.

I’ve been an an outreach coordinator in the QRC for the past 2.5 years. I’ve historically worked on events in conjunction with other resource centers and affinity groups like Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), Nonbinary Affinity Space (NAS), and Baewatch (a relationship centered series).

I identify as a queer, nonbinary, black person and those identities influence all work that I do. I’m always here for supporting the community, and those who do and don’t hold the same identities as I do. Stop by anytime!


Cas Meade '22

Program Coordinator
Pronouns: they/them/theirs 

Heya! My name is Cas Meade, and I'm a Program Coordinator at the QRC. I'm pansexual, nonbinary, and currently a sophomore. I haven't declared yet, but I plan to double major in Psychology and Sociology. I'm really looking forward to doing some great work this year! .

picture of Telmo Gonzalez, image description: wearing grey sweat shirt at night in front of tree

Telmo Gonzalez '22

Program Coordinator
Pronouns: he/him/his

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 

Program Coordinator 
Pronouns: she/her/hers 

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

Office Coordinator 

Pronouns: she/her/hers 

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!


Sika Essegbey '23 

Outreach Coordinator

pronouns: she/her/hers 

My name is Sika Essegbey and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I was born in the Netherlands and my parents are from Ghana but we immigrated to Florida when I was 3 and I’ve belonged to the sunshine state ever since. I am super excited and honored to work at the QRC. 


Sam Hodges '23

Program Coordinator 

pronouns: they/them/theirs 

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 an 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!

 
 

Jxhn Martin

Jxhn Martin, M.A.

Director of the Queer Resource Center
Phone: 413-542-5964
E-mail: jsmartin@amherst.edu

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Jxhn serves as the director of the Queer Resource Center (QRC), whose 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). Jxhn works to bring change to campus through community building, stemming from programming, queer/trans inclusivity trainings, to policy implementation and beyond. Reach out to them regarding how to navigate resources on campus, to schedule a training, ask questions concerning collaborative programming with the QRC, and/or booking the QRC space. 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.