Cantú Queer Center Professional Staff


    Director of the Cantú Queer Center - Travis Becker

  • Travis S. Becker

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    Travis S. Becker is the proud Director of the Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A first generation college graduate, Travis was born and raised in the east bay, in Livermore, California. Raised in the Bay, but "made" in New York, Travis graduated with a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Communications and minor in English Language and Literature from California Lutheran University.

    Travis has worked with and for queer and trans youth and young adults in a number of capacities from The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center in NYC, to homeless youth in San Francisco with Larkin Street Youth Services, where they were the inaugural Program Manager and helped open a Transitional Living Program in the Haight-Ashbury district. Travis got his start in LGBTQIA+ work as a volunteer at NYU's LGBTQ Student Center, where he learned the transformative power of these important spaces on college campuses.  

    Travis regularly facilitates workshops and speaks on panels about LGBTQIA+ identity on and off campus, including in more recent years, a panel at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, trainings with staff at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and trainings with school counselors and psychologists at Hayward Unified School District. Travis currently serves on a rotation as an LGBTQIA+ liaison to the University of California Office of the President.

    Travis is also... an educator, storyteller, troublemaker, Stevie Nicks superfan, avid reader, furparent, first-born child, eldest sibling, partner, "guncle", "that" Sag friend, a lover, and a little loquacious (can you tell?). Say hi if you see him around campus, or come visit their office in the Cantú!


    Email: trbecker@ucsc.edu


  • Program Coordinator - Tracy Lissette García

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    Tracy L. García is a queer high-femme, first-generation Xicana from South East Los Angeles. She has over 6+ years of experience working in LGBTQ Resource Centers at the University of California. She centers her educational advocacy in bringing awareness and visibility to the inequities and experiences of queer & trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC). Tracy holds a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and has been fortunate to work at her alma mater for the last few years. Some projects she is proud of organizing at UCSC include the 2017 Queer & Trans People of Color Conference, the inaugural Stonewall Speaker Series, and Noche de Jotería with El Centro to celebrate queer and trans Latinx communities in honor of Pulse. She is also passionate about queer and trans inclusive Reproductive Justice and deeply values working in community spaces that advocate for the liberation of QTBIPOC folks through artistic modalities. Outside of her professional life, Tracy enjoys spending time at the ocean, dancing to cumbias with her friends, and singing her favorite songs at karaoke. 

    Email: tracyg@ucsc.edu 


  • Trans Education Specialist- Ky Borunda

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    Ky Valentín Borunda is the Trans Education Specialist at the Lionel Cantú Center. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies and during his time there worked on building transformative community spaces for Queer and Trans Students of Color. Ky served as the QTPOC Conference 2016 Financial Director and is a recipient of the Peter E. Hass Public Service Leader Award where he received funding to create the blueprint for a Queer and Trans Student of Color Recruitment and Retention Center.  In addition to this, he is a proud alumn of NorCal T-Camp, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Program and the Public Policy International Affairs Institute (PPIA) at the Goldman School of Public Policy. 

    Prior to joining the Cantú, Ky worked with One Medical Group, the leading medical tech company in the U.S., where he developed and implemented best practices for supporting Non-Binary and Transgender patients. Ky is excited to bring knowledge from all his previous roles to the Cantú Center. As he embarks on this new life chapter as the Trans Education Specialist his vision for the position is to support transgender students by establishing stronger student-faculty mentorship, creating trans-inclusive career development resources, and increasing understandings of trans issues among the UC Santa Cruz community.

    Outside of his working life, Ky is a father to a 2 year old Labrador-Chow pup named Luna. He is learning how to surf and watches way too much Youtube because he refuses to pay for a Hulu or Netflix subscription. And most importantly, if you are ever in the mood for a Dad Joke™, just ask him because he knows too many.