Rainbow Center Staff

The Rainbow Center is staffed by two professional staff members, a HESA Graduate Student, and several student staff members. Information about the staff will be posted during the Fall semester at the discretion of each staff member.

Professional Staff

Elsie González - Interim Director
Elsie González – Interim Director
Elsie González (pronouns: she/her/hers) is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and will serve as Interim Director of the Rainbow Center. She has been at UConn for 11 years and joins the Office for Diversity and Inclusion from Residential Life. She earned a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from UConn School of Business (2016), Master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College-Columbia University (2004), and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology (2003) from Lesley University. She also serves the UConn community as mentor-educator and seeks to empower students as they navigate the roadmap of higher education at UConn. She is particularly interested in women’s leadership and advocacy, diversity and inclusion, and staff training and development.
William Malavé - Administrative Staff
William Malavé – Administrative Staff
William Malavé (pronouns: he/him/his) has been at the Rainbow Center since its inception in 1998, arriving by way of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts.  Previously, he served in the Air Force Reserves during the Gulf War.  Bill is an alumnus of the University of Connecticut, graduating with a Degree in General Studies with an individualized concentration in Multiculturalism, and a Minor in Latino Studies.  Including his studies in Ireland, Costa Rica and Cuba, Bill enjoys traveling the world, especially frequent jaunts to Puerto Rico to visit his in-laws.  After a twelve-year engagement, Bill and his husband Ricky married in their home state of Massachusetts, where they currently live with their dog Cleo and their extended family.
Julia K. Anderson - HESA Graduate Assistant
Julia K. Anderson – HESA Graduate Assistant
Julia K. Anderson (pronouns: she/her/hers) (email: julia.k.anderson@uconn.edu) is the new Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) Graduate Assistant for the Rainbow Center from Fall 2016 – Spring 2018.  Julia grew up in Woodstock, GA and made a second home of Athens, GA once she stepped onto the University of Georgia campus.  She graduated in May 2016 with a major in English and a minor in Swahili.  During the summer of 2016, she worked at Texas A & M in College Station, Texas.  She loves to read, kayak, napping, baking, and finding good local food.


Timothy Bussey - Graduate Student Intern

Tim Bussey (pronouns: he/him/his) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Political Science and a graduate teaching assistant in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at UConn. He earned his M.A. in political science with a concentration in American studies at UConn in 2014, and he completed his undergraduate education at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA in 2012 with two terms completed at Regent’s Park College at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. He has volunteered at the Rainbow Center in various capacities since arriving at UConn in fall 2012 and most recently served as a graduate intern for the center this past fall term. In his new role as a lecturer for the center’s UNIV 2500 class, Timothy will continue to co-facilitate the Rainbow Grads and Young Professionals group as well.



Student Staff



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Ky A. (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a sophomore from Williamsburg, Virginia and is majoring in Digital Media and Design. In the future, they would like to be a 2D animator, video game designer, or their dream since they were in 6th grade, a tattoo artist. In their free time, you can find them drawing, destroying their hearing with music, Facetiming their dogs, catching Pokemon, or catching up on tv shows.




Brittney - Student Staff

Brittney B. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is in her senior year at the University of Connecticut and attaining her BA in Psychology. Brittney was born in raised in East Windsor, a small town in northern Hartford county. She hopes to go on to graduate school and attain her masters in School Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, shopping (for just about anything. Seriously, I can spend hours in William Sonoma), and spending time with friends.




Zane - Student Staff

Zane C. (pronouns: he/him/his; they/them/their) is a sophomore student majoring in Urban and Community Studies, but who really just wishes to create a world where everyone can wear comfy skirts and not be judged. He can be found napping around campus, biking furiously to class, knitting around, and eating at Whitney Dining hall during Late Night Breakfast. He is the RA for Gender Inclusive housing and is dedicated to creating inclusive spaces for transgender and gender non-conforming people, such as himself.


Michael - Student Staff

Michael C. (pronouns: he/him/his; they/them/their) is a sophomore at UConn, studying Communications and Political Science. He hails from the greatest place in the world, New York specifically Westchester, NY. Michael enjoys taking selfies on Snapchat and sees the world through a creative lens, which could also be because he loves photography. Additionally, Michael speaks 3 languages English, Italian (semi-fluent) and Spanish. Michael enjoys EDM and you can hear him blasting music from his headphones (you’d assume he’d be deaf by now). Feel free to say hi anytime. P.S he is very accident prone his latest injury resulted from his poor coordination.




Syd - Student Staff

Syd F. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a third-year student studying political science. She recently transferred in from Western Connecticut State University and is loving the views of her new home! Speaking of home, She was born and raised in New Haven, CT along with her two older sisters. Syd loves to play rugby, basketball, and Marco-Polo (yes, the game you play in the pool). She would like to go off to UConn Law post undergraduate, and open up her own practice someday soon then, go on to be a Supreme Court Justice. She is looking forward to the upcoming year and meeting new people! #UCONNNATION




Wambui - Student Staff

Wambui G. (pronouns: she/her/hers) pronounces her name as “Wah-boy-ee” and she is a senior English major, Africana studies minor on the pre-law tract. Fun fact: She was afraid of riding the swings in at recess until the fifth grade. Now, she is ready to soar to new heights.




Ravneet - Student Staff

Ravneet G. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a junior at UConn, double-majoring in Psychology and Human Rights. She hopes to have a career in the Peace Corps or get a degree in higher education to counsel first generation college students. In her free time, she loves hiking, eating food, and snuggling with dogs.




Sammy - Student Staff

Samantha (Sammy) G. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a junior seeking a double major in Psychology and Human Rights with a minor in WGSS. Sammy hopes to earn an MA in school psychology and work for a non-profit that focuses on social justice work. In her free time, Sammy enjoys getting into twitter fights over social justice/feminist issues, drinking coffee, and spending time with close friends.





Jordan - Student Staff

Jordan H. (pronouns: they/them/their) is a junior studying English, with a concentration in creative writing. They are from Seattle, WA, and they don’t really know how they wound up at UConn. They have a deep appreciation for coffee, dogs, surrealist fiction, and water in all forms (stay hydrated, folks); they enjoy producing music, reading Harry Potter and Hamlet over and over, and drawing out complicated plot maps.



Janea - Student Staff

Jay K. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a junior who is majoring in Healthcare Administration and Spanish. In her spare time she enjoys mediation and yoga, video games, quietly observing others and blasting music to block out the world ✌



Lucas - Student Staff

Lucas L. (pronouns: he/him/his) is a junior from Hebron, Connecticut. He loves the winter and being able to go out to the mountains to snowboard with his friends and family. In Lucas’ free time he likes to go out to enjoy the weather, watch movies and enjoy sushi with friends.










Brian - Student Staff

Brian L. (pronouns: he/him/his) is a UConn School of Pharmacy student pursuing his Pharm D degree with the Class of 2019. He enjoys making people laugh, sometimes at his own expense, and blasting music everywhere he goes. He enjoys seeing smiles on people’s faces, and hopes for a world where that becomes the norm.




Quinn - Student Staff

Quinn M. (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is working toward majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and minoring in Psychology. They are hoping to one day own a private practice for marriage and family therapy as well as mental health counseling. Quinn truly loves skiing, swimming, singing, ziplining, reading, drawing, and writing whenever they can find the time to do so.




Jess - Student Staff

Jess M. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a senior studying English and Sociology. She is an FYE mentor and the Vice President of Poetic Release. She is often found petting every dog in sight and drinking so much coffee, some say her travel mug is permanently attached to her hand. She hopes to incite positive change, no matter how small, and to keep making art, no matter how little.



Hannah - Student Staff

Hannah M. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a sophomore at UConn, pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of Exercise Science. She hopes to eventually go to graduate school and become a physical therapist. Hannah was born and raised in Montville, CT. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports and being physically active as well as going to the beach, painting, and spending time with family/friends.




Em - Student Staff

Em M. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a junior who is planning to study English and Human Rights.  She is passionate about dogs and social justice and hopes to spend my life teaching youth about social justice issues.




Ana - Student Staff

Ana O. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a senior from New Haven CT. Majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice. When she graduates in May 2017 she hopes to go on and get her MSW and work with at-risk youth as a social worker or probation officer.





Beth - Student Staff

Beth R. (pronouns: she/her/hers and they/them/theirs) is a third year Human Development and Family Studies major at UConn.  Beth dreams of working for True Colors starting summer of 2017, but right now is an absolute science fiction nerd with creative tendencies like singing, macrame, jewelry making, tinkering with technology, and other crafty things.  Beth can be found on their computer transcribing notes anywhere on campus, but more than likely in their dorm or at the Rainbow Center with other nerds.




Sasha - Student Staff

Elijah R. (pronouns: he/him/his) is a freshman at UCONN studying Pre-Pharmacy. He plans to go into the research field and hopes to help people with fibromyalgia live more comfortable lives. In his free time Elijah loves to nap and play the video game series Silent Hill.




Will - Student Staff

Will R. (pronouns: he/him/his) is a current junior majoring in Digital Media and Design with a concentration in Business Strategies. He enjoys long walks on the beach, reality TV, and pizza. When he’s not doing homework he is most likely on Tumblr and he finds enjoyment in film, music, and photography. One day he hopes to be working either in marketing & advertising or a PR firm, and wants to use his artistic abilities to motivate and inspire others to unleash their creativity.




Justin - Student Staff

Justin R. (pronouns: xe/xem/xyr) is a sophomore from Manchester, Connecticut. As an English major, he is the current secretary for Poetic Release and participates with UConn’s leadership group, HOLDUP!. In the future, he would like to become a high school English teacher. During his free time, you can find him enjoying musicals and listening to guided meditations.




Tae - Student Staff

Tae W. (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a junior double majoring in Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They are the Secretary for the Korean Student Association. Tae enjoys dogs, social justice, and making jokes that aren’t really funny (but they try).