Meet the Staff

Professional Staff

Luz Burgos-López
Interim Director
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Luz Burgos-López, Assistant Dean of Students in the Dean of Students Office, is serving as the Interim Director of the Rainbow Center. She will continue in her role as Assistant Dean as well during this time. As Interim Director of the Rainbow Center, Luz will direct the day-to-day operations of the Center and provide leadership on University-wide programs and services for LGBTQIA+ community. She will serve as a liaison to students, faculty, staff, and University leadership regarding sensitive matters related to LGBTQIA+ issues.

As a higher education professional, social justice advocate, queer person of color, and artist, Luz engages students, faculty, and staff in social justice and equity work through educational and co-curricular opportunities. Her work fosters an environment in which marginalized and oppressed community members feel affirmed and comfortable exploring and expressing their identities. Luz joined UCONN in the fall of 2017 and previously held roles as Assistant Dean of Students at Goucher College for the Dean of Students Office and the Center Race, Equity, and Identity (CREI), Advisor for the Vassar College Dialogue Center, Director for the Campus Life ALANA Center, Coordinator for TRANSITIONS, Co-facilitator for Mentors in Violence Prevention at Family Partner Services in Poughkeepsie, NY and Director of Expansion for Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Incorporated from 2010-2012.

William Malavé, B.A.
Pronouns: he/him/his
Bill 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 extended family and friends.  After a twelve-year engagement, Bill and his husband Ricky married in their home state of Massachusetts.
Julia Anderson - Rainbow Center Graduate Assistant
Julia K. Anderson, B.A. 
Graduate Assistant
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Julia has served as the Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) Graduate Assistant for the Rainbow Center since Fall 2016. 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 photo
Tim Bussey, M.A.
Pronouns: he/him/his
Timothy 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 abroad at Regent’s Park College of 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 served as a graduate intern for the center in Fall 2016. In his current role, Timothy manages the Out to Lunch (OTL) Lecture Series and facilitates the center’s course, UNIV 2500: Gender, Sexuality, and Community.


Student Staff

Rainbow Center logo 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.
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.
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! 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.
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.
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).