Cantú Interns

The Cantú Queer Center welcomes students of all identities to join our staff. Intern applications are available during the spring quarter of every academic year. Students may appiy via the Career Center's Employee Request System


The center's budget allows for a small staff of student interns. Interns are vital to the smooth functioning of the center. The library, QConnect weekly e-news, reception, outreach tabling, website editing, programs, and publicity are some of the many projects interns focus on. Intern hours range from six to ten per week. When positions are open, they are posted on the Career Center website and are announced in QConnect. We give priority to workstudy eligible interns who are able to make a one year commitment.


Our interns not only serve the community, but they serve looks™ too.


  • No alternative textChelsea Rebeca Trujillo Ariza (she/they) is continuing her 3rd year as a Latin American and Latino Studies major. She is openly queer, openly bipolar, and openly a Scorpio sun. Aside from being a student, and a Cantu Outreach & Advocacy Intern, Chelsea is an self-made artist, poet, and dancer. If you want to support this Renaissance Chicanx, check out, or come talk to them during their shift! 

  • felix

  • No alternative textHi all, I'm felix! I'm trans and chronically ill. I identify as nonbinary/genderqueer, and I use they/them pronouns. I'm a 4th year sociology major who transferred from Berkeley City College, and I LOVE working with LGBTQ+ communities all over the bay. My position at the Cantú Center focuses on graphic design and marketing, primarily for the programming team. When i'm not at the Cantú, you can find me queering up the UCSC health center, working in the Everett office at Social Sciences 2, baking in a kitchen somewhere, or in my bed watching cooking shows or The Office. Come to the Cantú food pantry and community kitchen (!!!!) and let's hang out, bond over food, and talk about stigmatized bodies, gender, transfer student life, zodiac memes (I'm a scorpio sun/aries moon/sag rising!), and how to build a more accessible future <3

  • Fer

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    Hey everyone, my name's Fer. I go by They/Them pronouns, El pronouns are also cool! I'm a Programs and Events Intern here at the Cantú. I'm in my fourth and final year here at UCSC as a Sociology major and Latin American Latinx Studies minor. You can catch me at Crown Dining hall, with my super stylish yellow hat, the MEChA office, or at local Super Smash Bros. Tournaments lol Come through to the Cantú and hang out! 

  • Jay

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    Hey! I’m Jay (they/them/theirs) and I’m the CUIP LGBTQ+ Education Coordinator! I’m a fourth-year Feminist Studies major and a transfer student. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my weirdo munchkin cat, Cabbage, and being a part-time queer farmer. I love getting tattooed, playing with masculinity/femininity and being gay gemini sun 24/7. Let’s be IG friends @jaysgauthier or say hi to me at the Cantú!


  • Jules

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    Jules (mix of pronouns/they/she/J...) is one of the Lead Peer Educators for the LGBTQ+ Peer to Peer Education Program. They are also double majoring in Feminist Studies and Community Studies, and particularly interested in how to use dance and movement as a tool for explaining/exploring/experiencing revolutionary thought and embodiment. She is a Pisces sun, Scorpio moon, and Cancer rising, and loves drinking tea with people. When they are not working or studying, you can find J wandering the redwoods, petting other people's cats, or sleeping.

  • Logan

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    Full name: Logan Barsigian
    Pronouns: they/them/their
    Title: Graduate Education Coordinator
    Logan is thrilled to serve as the Graduate Education Coordinator for the Cantú Queer Center. Their goal is to enhance the sense of community and well-being among queer and trans graduate students, along with supporting the academic and personal success of all students involved with the Center. In particular, Logan loves talking with students about potential academic or career options (including graduate school). They hold a master’s in counseling and worked in college student advising for several years before coming to UCSC.
    In addition to their work at the Cantú, Logan is pursuing their PhD in social psychology, with a focus on non-binary gender identities and the experiences of gender and sexual minorities across the life course. They identify as a critical psychologist and aim to challenge the field’s past and present role in perpetuating systems of oppression.
    Logan grew up near Scranton, PA (yes, like in The Office!) and lived in Chicago, Maryland, and the Bay Area before moving to Santa Cruz. When not working or studying, they can be found cooking (or sometimes just watching cooking shows), playing with their new cat, or having heart to heart sessions with friends and colleagues about queer issues, mental health, and social justice.  

  • Marcuz

  • No alternative textHey ya'll I'm Marcuz. Mar like Mars, cuz like wassup cuzz, so Mar-cuz but ya'll can call me Mars to make it easier for everyone :). I go by he, him/they,them pronouns. I'm the Lead Advocacy and Outreach interns at the Cantú. I'm a second year majoring in Sociology.  In my Sociology major I want to focus primarily in gender and sexuality but more exclusively with bisexual identified folks and also gender queer folks. While working at the Cantú I want to outreach to the LGBTQQIA+ communities here on campus, the local community and the larger UC system. If you ever wanna talk about moods, piercings & tattoos, life, or just weird and random stuff come find me at the Cantú or walking around Kresge. BTW my sun sign is Sagittarius, both my rising and moon signs are Cancer. I hope to see ya'll at the Cantú!  

  • Río Saúl

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    MeliSaúl is the grandchild of migrant farmworkers, and first generation born on this side of la frontera. They are currently studying Feminist Studies at UCSC with a minor in Dance. They love to move, dance, create performance and visual art and being a non-binary transforme. You can catch them missing their soulmate Husky pup, reading, or being a sad grl/boi, listening to Chavela Vargas and cumbia punk. At the Lionel Cantú Center they work as a Programming and Events Assistant Intern and hopes to create spaces on campus to connect and grow QTPOC student’s support systems. They have unconditional love for their hometown Salinas, and hope to return to work with with local QTs to open the first LGBTQIA+ resource center for their community.

  • Quinn

  • No alternative textWhat’s popping? I’m Quinn (they/them/theirs) and I’m one of the lead Peer Educators for the LGBTQ+ Peer to Peer Education Program. I’m in my fourth year of college. When I’m not stressed out by all things Intensive Psychology, I enjoy writing poetry, designing zines, watching horror movies, and talking about brujería and astrology. Swing by and talk to me about feminist theory or queer theory at the Cantú!