Meet the Staff

Gisela P Vega

Director, Student Affairs Program

(305) 284-3935 x1702
Dr. Vega comes to UM with over 25 years of higher education experience.  She has presented at national and international conferences, countless workshops, and is passionate about diversity education, social justice, and addressing issues of access and choice in higher education. Providing students...

Mariana Isabel Gonzalez Berrocal

Asst. Director, Student Affairs Program

(305) 284-1928
Mariana Gonzalez is originally from Panama City, Panama. For the past 15 years, she has lived in Texas and studied there too. She has a BA in Dance with a Minor in Education and Spanish from Texas Woman’s University and an MEd in Higher Education with a Women and Gender Studies Certificate from Texas Christian University. ...

Student Staff

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Ryan Hires

Senior Program Assistant

Ryan (He/They) is double majoring in Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. He currently serves as the Senior Program Assistant for the LGBTQ Student Cener. In collaboration with the center staff, Ryan plans events that focus on bonding and community-building for the LGBTQ community. Ryan aldo manages the center's social media, as well as helping with general Student Assistant duties.

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Nathan Frazier

Student Assistant

Nathan (They/She/He) is double majoring in Nursing and Gender and Sexuality Studies. He currently serves as one of the student assistants at the LGBTQ Student Center. In this role, he assists with events, tabling, updating outdated media, and attending meetings as an LGBTQ Student Center representative. He was also a resident of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Living Learning Community from 2021-2022.

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Jordan Schooley

Student Assistant

Jordan (They/She) is an Advertising major at the UM School of Communications. They have minors in Public Relations and Creative Writing and are beginning their third year in the Frost Band of the Hour color guard. They are originally from Savannah, Georgia, and enjoy drawing, thrifting, and sewing. They're excited to join the team at the LGBTQ+ Student Center this semester!  In their role, they work on the Pride Press Newsletter and assist in the Center with other tasks assigned.

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Michael Robinson

Student Assistant

Michael (He/Him) is a Neuroscience major with minors in LGBTQ Studies and Chemistry. Last year he was a Pride Ambassador. Michael is involved in Black Leaders for the Queer Community, UBS, Freshman Leadership Academy, and Student Government's DEI Council. They will assist with responding to students' inquiries, tabling, and other tasks assigned to the center. Michael looks forward to seeing what the LGBTQ+ Student Center has to offer this year.

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Nia Williams

Student Assistant

Nia (she/her/hers) is a sophomore majoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies with minors in LGBTQ Studies and American Sign Language. Nia is an Executive Board member of Black Leaders for the Queer Community and serves as the Co-Executive Producer for UMTV’s “The Culture.” With a strong academic foundation, Nia aspires to complete her undergraduate education and enroll in an Accelerated BSN program. Drawing from her studies in Gender & Sexuality Studies, she is passionate about integrating her knowledge into the healthcare field. Her goal is to serve as an advocate and caretaker for members of underrepresented communities. As a Black, lesbian woman, Nia seeks to serve as a representation in healthcare and address intersectionalities that contribute to disparities in medical treatment. She aims to confront systemic barriers and work towards combating these disparities, ultimately striving to create a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system.