Contact

 Israel Alonso, LGBTQ+ Initaitives Intern, lgbtq@ucmerced.edu

Israel is a third year English Literature major with an interest in independent films and queer topics. Israel grew up in Southern California where he took upon every volunteer opportunity he had to impact his community. His determination to give back to his community in any way he can is visible through his accomplishments at UC Merced. Israel Alonso held leadership roles in his housing’s Community Council, sitting as President his second year. He was also an officer for Lambda Alliance at UC Merced, the LGBTQ+ club on campus. All the experience, energy, and passion for supporting the prosperity of his communities is what Israel utilizes in his role as the LGBTQ+ Initiatives Intern. Israel is always willing to share some great movie titles upon request.

 

Angi Baxter, Coordinator of Women's Programs & LGBTQ+ Initiatives, abaxter3@ucmerced.edu

Angi is currently the Coordinator for Women’s Programs and LGBTQ+ Initiatives in the Office of Student Life at the University of California, Merced. Prior to her current position, she was a social change agent who held a number of leadership and advocacy positions including co-founding the LGBT Advocacy Team and P.E.A.C.E (Pluralist Encouragement in A Community of Excellence) OSU; was the Director of the Queer Affairs Task Force and Graduate Student Affairs; sat on the SOL: LGBTQQIA People of Color Network and Pride Center Advisory Boards, and participated in grassroots organizing through Basic Rights Oregon as a member of Brat: Basics Rights Action Team. Further, she was a member of OSU Team Liberation, an organization that focuses on facilitating diversity development workshops and was a mentor in the Cross-Cultural Mentorship Program. She facilitated the development of the next generation of LGBTQ+ advocates as a member of the OSU Queer Leaders and Pride Panels. Additionally, she was a member of the OSU Women's Center, Women's Affairs Task Force in ASOSU, and assisted with mentoring future feminists in her work in the Women's Studies Program at OSU. She has also received multiple awards for her dedication to advancing the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, including receiving the OSU Pride Building Community Award twice, the Marilyn Gorski Award, the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship, and the Patricia Van Kirk Scholarship from the Pride Foundation. She also received the the E.E. Cummings Diversity Acheivement Award for her work in advancing gender and racial equity at Oregon State University.