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Rainbow Resource Center Mission

 The Rainbow Resource Center seeks to educate the greater SCU community and empower Santa Clara students, faculty, staff, and alumni who self-identify within the wide spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities. 

These identities include, but are not limited to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Asexual, and Ally (LGBTQQIPAA). 

The Center serves as a centralized, designated space for students to design and coordinate educational events and training geared towards promoting greater levels of understanding and inclusiveness on campus. The Center maintains a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for people of all identities.

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    Elizabeth Gomez

    Programming & Marketing Coordinator

    Pronouns: She/her/hers
    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Ethnic Studies
    Minor: Communication (Film)

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    Michele Canny

    Volunteer & Office Coordinator

    Pronouns: She/her/hers
    Year: Senior
    Major: Sociology and Italian
    Minor: Studio Art and History


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    Obasi Lewis

    Education & Advocacy Coordinator

    Pronoun: he/him/his
    Year: Senior
    Major: Engineering and Physics

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    Tia Montes

    Community Relations Coordinator

    Pronouns: she/her/hers
    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Political Science

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    Joanna Thompson

    Director, Office for Multicultural Learning

    Joanna was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in Rockville, Maryland - always staying true to her East Coast roots. She is a criminologist, receiving her B.A. in Criminology & Investigations from West Virginia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining us here at SCU, Joanna lived in Chicago for 8 years where she taught criminology courses at UIC for 6 years and worked at Center on Halsted--an LGBTQ community center--for 1 year. Her mixed-race (half-Black/half-Latina) and queer identities make her passionate about intersectionality and social justice. As Director of the Office for Multicultural Learning, Joanna is excited to help educate and transform the SCU community when it comes to multicultural and multiracial issues.