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Faith Kazmi, Ed.D

Associate Dean/Director

Program Advisement: WCC STEM Mentorship Program | Gender Equity Justice Summit | Graduate Programs | Archives and Social Media

Hello and welcome!  The WCC is one of the seven departments within the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership. We engage with students on issues of gender, equity, identity, and justice, and am honored to serve as the Director of the WCC.  I first came to the WCC in 2005 and am committed to working with the community to create a space that is ever-evolving and reflective of the many experiences and perspectives, as well as one that is based in an ethic of love. We welcome those of all identities, backgrounds, and genders, and we aspire to reflect this through our programs, services, collaborations, and presence online. My role is to oversee the function and mission of the WCC, in collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the Stanford community. My journey into this work began at UC Irvine where I earned my BA in Psychology with a Management Minor. I continued at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where I earned my MA in Higher Education Administration. I later earned my Doctor of Education degree from the University of San Francisco in Organization & Leadership within their School of Education. For fun, I enjoy traveling, creative endeavors (writing/painting/crafting), reading, cooking/baking, personal development, meditation practices, and enjoying quality time with my family and friends.

Alicia Lewis, M.S.W.

Assistant Dean/Associate Director                                             

Program Advisement: Internship Program | Collective Liberation Series| Feminist Narratives| 

Sup y’all!  My name is Alicia, and I have the genuine pleasure of serving as the Associate Director of the WCC. In conjunction with others, my role works to support the Internship Program, Feminist Narratives, and the Collective Liberation Series. I came to higher education via a very fortunate misstep pursuing a Bachelors of Business Management at Syracuse University (GO ORANGE!!), which led to working towards my Masters of Social Work at The University at Albany, SUNY. During my time in grad school I unexpectedly fell into a career in higher education, and decided to stick around. Since then I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about social identities, systemic inequities, barriers to accessing a college education, and subsequently my role and responsibility in dismantling them. I find purpose in working to create worlds that we can’t yet see, to serve those who have historically been left out. To quote one of the greats, Adrienne Maree Brown, “the goal of our work should be to grow more possibilities, and always be expanding our options and our horizons. If the work we are doing is narrowing our choices and focusing in on the one right answer, then it is probably not visionary work.” My life outside of the WCC consists of enjoying the miraculous wonders of Oakland, traveling, hanging with my queer writing group, going to music shows – the smaller and more intimate the better, and generally speaking, pursuing a joyful life.

Dejah S. Carter, M.Ed

Assistant Director

Program Advisement: Communications | Feminist Discussions | Health and Wellness | Environmental Justice

Hello there! My name is Dejah and I happily serve as the Assistant Director of the WCC! As part of the WCC professional staff, I help support our amazing student staff in their programmatic areas, manage the WCC Library, and assist with day to day operations of the center. I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to work in such an incredible space with such intelligent, impactful, dedicated, and wonderful students and staff! My passion for supporting the academic and professional growth as well as the  identity development and social justice work of students began during my time as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia where I received my B.A. in History and African American and African Studies in 2014 and my M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2018. My experiences and struggles as a Black and low income transfer student  inspired me to pursue a career in Student Affairs where I am able to help students navigate their own unique college experience through a social justice lens. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to old music, watching history documentaries, reading, and exploring the Bay Area.

Rawley Clark

WCC Alumni Fellow                   

Program Advisement: WVSO and ECL Engagement | NSO/Community Engagement| Sib Fam Program| 

Hi! My name is Rawley Clark (they/them) and I'm an artist and educator born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from Stanford University (2020) with a degree in Art Practice with Honors and a minor in African and African American Studies. Through drawing, painting, and sculpture, my work draws on their personal and cultural identities as a queer African American person living in Northern California, and I'm always looking to find ways to share the power of creativity with others. I currently teach art classes locally, and my goal is to continue to find ways to make art and creativity more accessible to historically marginalized communities. I'm so excited to be returning to the WCC as an Alumni Fellow to work with all of you!  

If you would like to connect with the WCC Professional Staff Team, please email us at wccdirectors@gmail.com


2023-24 WCC Student Staff

Selfie of Airin wearing a black shirt against a beige wall

Airin Brittany Valdez, Intern Program Coordinator

Holaa! My name is Airin Brittany Valdez, and I am a proud First-Gen Latina from Los Ángeles (Westlake/MacArthur Park Area), California. I use she/her/ella pronouns (: I am currently a sophomore studying Comparative Studies Race & Ethnicity & possibly also double major in Urban Studies. I am the Intern Program Coordinator at the WCC! I am super excited to continue working at the WCC to help empower and create a safe space for everyone while also having events to foster community with you all. Some of the things I am passionate about include hiking, journaling, creative writing, being an active social advocate in my community, and photography.

Isa Calero Forero, NSO and Community Engagement Coordinator

Hi! My name is Isa (they/them), and I am the NSO and Community Engagement Coordinator at the WCC!  I am a senior studying International Relations and co-terming in Latin American Studies. I was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, but my family is from Cali, Colombia. Outside of class, I love dancing in with Los Salseros de Stanford, writing, learning different languages like Portuguese, French and ASL, and talking about my earring collection. The WCC has been my favorite place at Stanford since my frosh year (even virtually). I most love spending time there during office hours and getting to talk to people who come in to study or hang or do crafts in our craft corner. I am super excited to be in community with all of you!!

Kyalamboka Brown, Graduate Programs Coordinator

Greetings! My name is Kyalamboka and I am a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education studying Mathematics Education and Race, Inequality, and Language in Education. I'm originally from Pontiac, Michigan and attended Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Before coming to Stanford, I worked in K-12 education and volunteered for a nonprofit organization for the upliftment of women and girls. I am delighted to work for the WCC, centering the needs of gender-marginalized graduate students and allies. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, zumba, and singing.

Lily standing outside

Lily Forman, Gender, Equity, and Justice Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Lily (she/her) and I’m so excited to be the Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit Coordinator this year. I’m a junior from New Jersey majoring in History. I love travel, embroidery, most forms of caffeine, and walking around campus. The WCC has become a home for me on campus over the past few years -- I feel lucky to be part of a space that centers collective liberation, care, and joy (not to mention the comfy couches and wide variety of tea at the Firetruck House). I can’t wait to be in community with you all this year! 

Lina Mohamad, WCC STEM Program Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Lina (she/her), and I’m the undergraduate coordinator for the WCC STEM Mentoring Program this year. I’m a junior from outside the Dallas, Texas area, majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Immunology, Race, and Gender. Outside the WCC, I work in a cancer immunology lab and co-chair Sistas in STEM, a group for Black, gender-marginalized students. In my free time, I love trying out new things (please send your music, food, and TV/movie recs my way), listening to music, going on long walks, doing puzzles, and exploring the area with my friends. As a FLI student, I’m passionate about making community accessible for everyone, and that’s why I’m so excited to be contributing to such a welcoming and supportive community at the WCC. I’ve loved being a part of the STEM Mentoring program as a mentee and intern, and I am looking forward to coordinating the program this year. Hope to see you around!

Nitara C., Feminist Discussions Coordinator

Hi, everyone! My name is Nitara (she/they) and I am the Feminist Discussions Coordinator at the WCC! I’m a senior from just outside Atlanta, Georgia studying comparative literature, and am passionate about black studies, philosophy, and critical theory. In my spare time, I love to read books, watch movies, read my friends’ astrology charts, and make spotify playlists! I’m so, so excited to get to share space with all of you in the firetruck house this year, and look forward to drinking tea, soaking up the sun, and practicing radical self-care by eating up all the WCC snacks and lounging on our awesome couches!

Saimary Velazquez Carrasquillo, WCC Sib Fam Coordinator

¡Buenas! My name is Saimary Velázquez Carrasquillo (she/any), and I’m the Sib-Fam and Co-Community Engagement coordinator this year. I’m a junior majoring in CSRE and Anthropology, originally from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico (mi gente <3), but now moved to Fitchburg, Massachusetts. I’m passionate about advocating and fighting for a free Caribbean while addressing lasting colonial issues surrounding race, class, colorism, and identity. I adore Tres Leches (my daughter (my cat)), spacing out, dramatic music, painting, writing, hiking, traveling, and walks. Reach out whenever for whatever :).

Shae Dolan, Collective Liberation Co-Coordinator

Hi!!!!!!!! my name is shae and i’m a sophomore from tacoma, WA studying sociology and education policy. im so pumped to be one of the collective liberation coordinators this year. i love going to concerts, thrifting, hanging out at record shops and bookstores, bothering my cat, Maggie, discovering new music, obsessing over this week’s hobby, and adventuring on my bike. the wcc is the best place at stanford and i can't wait for the joy-filled year to come! stop by community hours or just reach out to chat :)

Shreya Mehta, Communications Coordinator

Howdy! My name is Shreya Mehta (she/her), I am serving as the Communications Coordinator this year, and I'm from Eastern Washington! I love cats, tea, watching sunsets, and being outdoors. I'm an avid reader (especially of feminist theorists) and a huge fan of the wonderful WCC library! Along with my role at the WCC, I co-lead Women & Youth Supporting Each Other, and work at the U.S. Department of Education. I'm planning on majoring in Data Science & Social Systems with a minor in FEMGEN. I am so excited to serve our lovely WCCommunity this year. ❤️ I'm especially passionate about decolonial feminism, coalition building across campus, and healing as means to collective liberation. 

Sophia Rebolledo, Collective Liberation Co-Coordinator

Hello everyone! Håfa Adai! My name is Sophia Rebolledo (she/her), and I am a sophomore from Chicago, IL, majoring in Economics and minoring in English. This year, I am the WCC’s Collective Liberation Co-Coordinator! I am beyond excited to continue our work in understanding, criticizing, and correcting how our identities operate in order to cultivate the necessary spaces to elevate, amplify, and center marginalized voices. As we envision new worlds and possibilities together, I am deeply committed to fostering and furthering communities of resistance and liberation rooted in radical love, empathy, solidarity, and wellness.  I LOVE basketweaving, singing terribly in the car/shower, attempting to cook yummy new foods, understanding the history of art, watching movies that make me cry, and binging books.

Taylor Powell, Feminist Narratives Co-Coordinator

Heyyy! My name is Taylor Powell, and I’m from Atlanta, GA. My pronouns are she/her, and I’m a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Psychology and potentially minoring in Spanish. Some of my hobbies include writing and reading poetry, cooking, baking, going on walks,  and having new experiences with my friends. At the WCC, I work as one of the Feminist Narratives Coordinators! I am so incredibly excited to work at the WCC! I can’t wait to foster community and produce powerful work that allows people to feel safe on Stanford’s campus.

Teiana Gonsalves, Archivist and Social Media Coordinator

Aloha kākou! My name is Teiana Gonsalves (she/her) and I am returning as the WCC's Archivist & Social Media Coordinator for the third year! I'm a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Native American Studies. I was born and raised in Hawaiʻi and am a proud Native Hawaiian woman passionate about policy, law, public service, and social justice. Beyond the WCC, I'm also the President of Stanford Natives in Pre-Law; an honors student with the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law; pre-law fellow at HLS, RA at Muwekma; peer advisor for Stanford in Washington; and a member of Stanford Women in Law and the Pacific Islander Student Association. A few of my favorite activities include hiking, reading, canoe paddling, vintage shopping, hot girl walking, and exploring coffee shops with friends.

Tima Kane, WVSO/ECL Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Tima (she/her) and this year I’m the WVSO (Women’s Voluntary Student Org) & ECL (Equity, Community and Leadership) Coordinator this year. I’m a junior, originally from Washington DC, and I’m majoring in Psych and am also pre-law. I’m really passionate about supporting WOC at Stanford and beyond and can’t wait to kick off this year! Please feel free reach out or come visit us at the WCC - would love to meet you!

 

Tobi standing outside

Tobi Bankole, Feminist Narratives Co-Coordinator

Hi everyone! I’m Tobi (she/her) and I’m one of the Feminist Narratives coordinators this year. I’m a junior majoring in History with minors in Classics and Creative Writing with tentative plans to someday coterm in History. I’m interested in ancient history, film and television writing, and archival/curatorial work. This is my first year at the WCC, and I am so excited to bring feminist narratives to the WCC community. I care deeply about collective liberation, community work, and accessible design, so I can’t wait to incorporate these things into my work this year. In my free time I enjoy watching movies and pretending to write.

Wendy Baresi, Environmental Justice Coordinator

Helloooo everybody! My name is Wendy Gabriela Baresi and I am currently a junior here at Stanford. My major is currently undecided, but I am heavily leaning towards Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. When I am not working at the WCC, I love to take part in photography, planting, painting, jewelry making, reading, and immersing myself in nature. A bit of background from me is that I grew up in a large and lively Latine community called Westlake, MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. I identify as FLI (first-generation, low-income), and understand the challenges that come with this, especially having come from such an impacted community in Los Angeles. This upcoming year, I am going to be the Environmental Justice Coordinator here at the WCC. In this role, I hope to give back the voices of those who have been heavily impacted by environmental injustice and racism, especially among marginalized communities. Having experienced how the power of my people back home has been able to push out gentrification from invading our families for so many years has taught me how important having a community is to survive. In the following year, I aim to create a supportive community of folks interested in the multifaceted aspects of Environmental Justice, in hopes of learning and teaching others how we can care for and protect one another.