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

Brian Edwards - Rainbow Center Director
Brian Edwards – Rainbow Center Director

Brian Edwards (pronouns: he/him/his or they/them/theirs) is the new Director of the Rainbow Center. Brian has over 13 years of experience in higher education and has held various positions in both student and academic affairs. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Center at Montclair State University, in addition to teaching LGBTQ Studies courses in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department. At Montclair, Brian was responsible for the advocacy and direction of University-wide services and programs for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff.

Brian holds a B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and an M.S.Ed. from Baruch College, CUNY. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in education with a concentration in higher education administration at New England College. His current research explores the experiences of college students and campus administrators engaged in LGBTQ social justice education activism. Please join us in welcoming Brian to the UConn community.

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 Anderson - Rainbow Center Graduate Assistant
Julia Anderson – Rainbow Center Graduate Assistant
Julia K. Anderson (pronouns: she/her/hers) (email: julia@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.   She loves to read, kayak, nap, bake, and find 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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Skylar A. (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a junior at UConn, studying Digital Media and Design with a concentration in 2D Animation. In the future, they would like to create broadcasting graphics or advertisements within the television or music industry. In their free time, you can find them going to concerts, creating incredible works of art, or Facetiming their dogs.

 

 

 

Brittney - Student Staff

Brittney B. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a super senior, graduating in December 2017 (plan out your credits accordingly, y’all)! She is a Psychology major, with two minors in Human Development and Family Studies and Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies. She hopes to go on to attain a Master’s degree in higher education, and become an adviser. In her spare time, you can find her sleeping in the RC, eating in the RC, being loud in the RC, and also shopping for things she can’t afford. Come say hi!

 

 

 

Zane - Student Staff

Zane C. (pronouns: he/him/his; they/them/their) is a returning staff member to the Rainbow Center, currently pursuing a Bachelors in Urban and Community Studies. They plan to pursue a Masters in Public Administration and hope to change the world one policy at a time. They also work as one of the Resident Assistants for the Gender Inclusive Community on campus. In their free time they play Quidditch, Figure Skate, and play with their emotional support cat named Rasva.

 

Michael - Student Staff

M. Cruz (pronouns: he/him/his; they/them/their) is a junior at UConn, majoring in Psychology and Communications, as well as minoring in Neuroscience. He hails from the greatest place in the world, New York specifically Westchester, NY.  Cruz enjoys DJ’ing and photography as well as doing volunteer service.  Cruz enjoys EDM and you can hear him blasting music from his headphones (you’d assume he’d be deaf by now).  Cruz also works as an orientation leader and radiates huskyPRIDE!.

 

 

 

Syd - Student Staff

Syd F. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is from New Haven, CT and as of last year had recently transferred from Western CT State University. She is a senior here at the university majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology. This will be her second year working at the Rainbow Center and she also plays on the Women’s Rugby team, works at the Babbidge Library, and occasionally plays intramural basketball. When she’s not doing any of those things, she is usually just “chillen” with friends and listening to music. Her plans after graduation are TBA so, she guesses you’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds for her! #BlackTransLivesMatter

 

 

 

Ravneet - Student Staff

Ravneet G. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a senior, double-majoring in Human Rights and Psychology and minoring in Political Science and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She hopes to work with the Peace Corps and the United Nations in the future and have a career helping to protect and fulfill human rights. In her free time she loves hiking, eating food, thrifting, travelling and snuggling with dogs.

 

 

 

Sammy - Student Staff

Samantha (Sammy) G. (pronouns: she/her/hers) a senior for the 2017-2018 academic school year. She is a Psychology and Human Rights double major and a Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor. She enjoys spending time with friends and catching up on work in the Rainbow Center. You can usually find her in the Dunkin’ Donuts line or on my way to Dunkin’ Donuts line, stressing over work she hasn’t done yet in the library or in Busby as an SRA! She looks forward to an amazing year with everyone!

 

 

 

 

Janea - Student Staff

Jay K. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a senior majoring in Allied Health Sciences. Post-graduation she hopes to join the Peace Corp for approximately two years then return to receive her Masters with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. Her interests include Buddhism and meditation, long walks and hikes, nutrition, listening to music, people watching and impromptu “get to know you” coffee/sushi dates.

 

 

Lucas - Student Staff

Lucas L. (pronouns: he/him/his) is a senior 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 in her last semester studying English and Sociology. She is a Teaching Assistant for First Years Programs.  Her primary goals in life include petting all the dogs and reading all the books.

 

 

Hannah - Student Staff

Hannah M. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a junior at UConn, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women’s Studies. She considers herself to be a loving and ambitious extrovert. In her free time, she enjoys painting, playing/watching sports, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family. Hannah plans to attend law school one day, and then adopt all the dogs that she possibly can.

 

 

 

Beth - Student Staff

Beth R. (pronouns: she/her/hers and they/them/theirs) is a fourth-year Human Development and Family Studies major at UConn.  Beth 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 sophomore 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 senior 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.

 

 

 

Tae - Student Staff

Tae W. (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a senior 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).