Meet the Queer Resource Center Staff

 

Teija being a baddie

Tejia Pavao

Outreach Coordinator
Pronouns: they/them/theirs 

Tejia Pavao is a member of the class of 2021, a history and Asian languages and civilizations major, and an outreach coordinator at the QRC. Tejia was born in Providence, RI, but lives in Virginia Beach. They are queer, nonbinary, and Black.


picture of Noni Akintunde, wearing dark jeans, white and red stripped button up in front of Johnson Chapel (stone pillar)  

Noni Akintunde 

Program Coordinator
Pronouns: they/them/theirs 

Noni Akintunde is a first-year student from Cleveland, Ohio. Their identities include being a black, genderqueer, first-generation, low-income student. They are joining the QRC team as Program Coordinator this year and they are very excited to engage with the community of the school in a different way. Diversity work has been one of their passions for a long time, and they are also a Diversity Intern in the Office of Admissions. They also will not hesitate to come for necks, PERIODT! 


 

Cas Meade 

Program Coordinator
Pronouns: they/them/theirs 

Hey, I'm Cas! I'm nonbinary and pansexual, and I use they/them pronouns. I'm not sure what I want to major in, but I'm considering sociology, psychology, and philosophy.

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

Telmo Gonzalez  

Office Coordinator
Pronouns: he/him/his

Hey! I'm Telmo Gonzalez a first-generation, low-income Ecuadorian immigrant from Queens, NY. I currently work at Schwemm's, and I'm part of La Causa's E-board. As a first-year, I'm looking to explore Amherst by getting involved with communities that I connect with which is why I wanted to 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 bi.

Mameastou Fall  

Office Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her/hers

 Hi everyone! My name is Mameastou Fall (she/her/hers). I’m currently a sophomore and a Psychology major from New York City, and I’m working as an Office Coordinator for the QRC. Aside from that, I sing with the Amherst Bluestockings, an a capella group of women and femmes; I also serve as the Secretary of the African and Caribbean Student Union. I identify as a Black bisexual woman, and I’m so excited to work with the other members of the QRC staff, the other resource centers. and you guys to bring light to intersectional experiences and issues regarding queerness in conjunction with other marginalized identities. Can’t wait to spend time with you guys in the QRC!


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.