Meet the Queer Resource Center Staff
Angie Tissi-Gassoway, MPH, M.Ed *Director*
Welcome to the QRC website! My name is Angie! My pronouns are she, her, hers and I am the Director of the Queer Resource Center here at Amherst College. I joined Amherst after earning my Masters of Public Health focusing on LGBTQ Sexuality and Student Leadership from Oregon State University. I recently completed a second Masters in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst focusing on Queer Student Leadership and Intergroup Dialogue. I am passionate about creating spaces that are intentional, brave, honor and celebrate intersectonality, as well as challenge heteronormativity and cis-sexism. In my free time you will find me sipping tea, baking, traveling, gardening, playing with our adorable frenchie (Baxter Magolda) and loving life!!
If you have any qustions or want to learn more about the resources and services the QRC provides, do not hesitate to email atissi[@]amherst.edu or call 413-542-5114.
Saren Deardorff *Education and Advocacy Coordinator*
Hi there, my name's Saren! My pronouns are he/him/his. I'm a junior at Amherst and am currently studying both Sexuality, Women's & Gender studies (SWAGS) and Anthropology. I have a passion for the outdoors and absolutely love hiking. I also enjoy writing, and listening to some good tunes (while procrastinating.) If you have any questions regarding the queer/trans communities at Amherst, or just want to talk, don't hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. New friends are always welcome!
Amira Lundy-Harris *Office Assistant*
Hey there! My name is Amira! My pronouns are they/them/theirs or he/him/his and I’m one of the QRC's Office Assistants. Hailing from Oakland, California. I’m in my senior year at Amhest. I'm a Black Studies & Sexuality,Women's, and Gender Studies double major. My all-time favorite musician is John Coltrane. Feel free to email me at email@example.com or say what’s up when you see me in Val!
Nayah Mullins *Education and Advocacy Coordinator*
Hey everyone! I’m Nayah, I use she/her/hers pronouns, and I am a member of the class of 2017. I spent my childhood in Maryland and my middle and high school years growing up in Tanzania, where my interest in LGBT issues started as I began to realize and understand my own queerness. Like many people in the community, growing up in an intolerant (and hateful) environment has pushed me to want to foster the most accepting and open environments that I can, starting at Amherst. I'm majoring in sociology and I am doing a Five College Certificate in African Studies. I love to sing, I love cinnamon rolls, and can’t wait to meet you in the QRC! Feel free to contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Huante *Activities Coordinator*
Hey y'all! My name is David, and my pronouns are he/him/his. I am one of the Activities Coordinators at the QRC. I am a senior Math and Psychology major and I love listening to music, cooking, eating, dancing, Pokemon, the color blue, button downs, and puppies. I've loved being an Activities Coordinator for the last two years and really want to make things happen that will get everyone involved! Contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions or suggestions as to what you'd like to see at the center.
Evelyn Touchette *Office Assistant*
Hiya! My name is Evelyn, class of 2018 and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I'm a writer and artist looking to double major in Spanish and Something. I am very passionate about creating a campus culture that is safe and welcoming for folks of all sexualities and gender identities. I'm really thrilled to be an office assistant here at the QRC; it's a wonderful space and I urge everyone to come check it out.
Silvia Mavares *Activities Coordinator*
Hi there! My name is Silvia, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I'm a sophomore currently studying Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. I grew up in Miami, but I am originally from Venezuela. As an Activities Coordinator, I hope to create events that bring people together to talk about relevant issues in productive ways. I'm a huge fan of dogs, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox. I urge everyone to stop by the QRC because it's an amazing place where remarkable conversations happen. If you have any questions or suggestions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Jacqueline Chavez *Community Outreach Coordinator*
Hello everyone! My name is Jacqueline, but everyone calls me Jacquie. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I'm a senior Anthropology and Spanish double major and am also completing a Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Certificate. I love dresses and anything floral. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or suggestions!