Pronouns: she/her/hersLuz 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/hisBill 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 K. Anderson, B.A.
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.
Tim Bussey, M.A.
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.