Spring 2019 GenSex Staff
Front (from left) : Frida, Ella, Salma, Anneke, Jasmine
Back (from left): Grace, Cristal, Yasmeen, Lauren
Dorian is a third year at Berkeley intending to double major in Economics and Business Administration. She is from the Central Valley (Fresno) where she very much enjoys the sunsets and long drives to In & Out Burger. When she is not hitting the books, she enjoys to explore San Francisco, restaurant hop, and go hiking! She is passionate about giving back to the community and being involved on campus. She is looking forward to being a GenSex administrator this semester.
Madeleine is a sophomore at U.C. Berkeley intending on majoring in Public Health and Anthropology. Her passion lies in reproductive justice, health equity, and social advocacy within her community. She never stops listening to music and on her free time she loves hiking and exploring the Northern California Coast. Her days are structured around great people and consuming delicious food. Madeleine is from Sacramento, California but has found a home in Bay Area and is thrilled to be a part of the U.C. Berkeley and GenSex Community!
Lauren is a fourth year Cal student who uses she/her pronouns. As a returning administrator, she is honored to contribute to giving space to all types of human beans, especially those who historically don’t receive space elsewhere. Lauren dedicates most of her existence to challenging power structures that actively harm the mental, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the lives within them. She dedicates the other part of her existence to nurturing her own mental, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing (it takes self-love to best do things that matter to us!). Her favorite things include naps, her cat Blue, naps with her cat Blue, validating whoever is in her vicinity, successful attempts at cooking, and the wonder of skin and its sense of touch. She is a fan of anything that gives a middle finger to institutions that think they can dictate how folks utilize their personal liberties.
Anneke is a 21 year old gender queer dyke and uses they/she pronouns. They are artsy fartsy and very kinky and sex positive. Anneke is a senior at Mills College majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology, and they’re passionate about human sexuality.
Yasmeen (they/she) is a fourth-year physics major at UC Berkeley who’s excited to be facilitating GenSex this semester. They’re passionate about nanotechnology, queer activism, and expanding access to health education and undergraduate research opportunities. Yasmeen is currently investigating solid-state nanopores as an undergraduate researcher in the Zettl Group, and works with Undergraduate Laboratory at Berkeley to help students design and carry out their own independent research projects on cool topics like black holes or muon detection. When they’re not writing GenSex curriculum or hanging out with their co-facilitators, you can find them napping in Eshleman. They will be facilitating the Monday/Wednesday 5-7 p.m. section with Salma and the Monday/Wednesday 7-9 p.m. section with Ella.
Grace is a 3rd year pursuing an individual major in design. She’s passionate about discovering new ways to represent her ideas, whether that be through writing or 3D printing. When she’s not freaking out about the direction she may or may not want her life to go, she enjoys hanging with friends, thrifting, hitting the museum, and layin’ in the sun. Grace is from Los Angeles, and frequently finds herself missing the constant warmth- but she’s found some it in the GenSex community, and really looks forward to facilitating this upcoming semester! She will be facilitating the Tuesday/Thursday 6-8 p.m. section with Cristal.
Jasmine Monfared is a fourth-year transfer majoring in Sociology and minoring in Journalism. Her academic interests range widely and vary from topics on sexual and gender violence, the psychological effects of media and literature, and children’s education. She spends most of her time reading non-fiction, but enjoys writing creative pieces ranging from poetry to film scripts. As an extrovert, she loves to socialize and carries a conversation with everyone. You’ll usually find her on Sproul questioning people for the Daily Californian, checking out Berkeley’s newest eateries with some friends, or in the hallways of Barrows. She will be facilitating the Monday/Wednesday 6-8 p.m. section with Frida.
Salma is a first year intended political science major at UC Berkeley. Salma has had an amazing experience with GenSex so far and hopes to cultivate this experience in her class this semester. She is currently working at the Institute of Government Studies and has big dreams of earning an influential position in the federal government. She enjoys making endless playlists on Spotify, testing the capacity of her closet by thrifting to no end, and going wherever cheap public transportation will take her! Salma is originally from Southern California but has found a new home in the Bay Area and the GenSex community. She will be facilitating the Monday/Wednesday 5-7 p.m. section with Yasmeen.
Ella (she/her/hers) is a second year Cal student majoring in Social Welfare with a minor in either Gender and Women’s Studies or Art Practice. Though she spends most of her free time listening to Tiny Desk concerts on Youtube or dreaming about food, her passions lie in reforming how we think about and treat mental health in the states, especially within the LGBTQ+ community. A transplant from New York, Ella has carved out a home for herself on the west coast, but still firmly believes that NYC pizza has no serious competitors. She’s genuinely psyched to teach the Monday and Wednesday section this spring from 7-9 pm with Yasmeen!
Born and raised in East LA, Cristal is an Art History major and on her second year at UC Berkeley. Cristal uses she/her pronouns and loves her dog Osita very much. She is passionate about art history and music (ask her to share some Spotify playlists with you). She is very excited to learn and grow through GenSex and hopes she can help empower her peers. She will be facilitating the Tuesday/Thursday 6-8 p.m. section with Grace.
Frida (she/her/hers) is a second year student from SoCal studying political economy and sociology at Cal. Her goals include spreading awareness for mental health, immigration policy, and support for lower-income students here at Berkeley. Frida’s pastimes include music, collaging, and swiping on tinder out of boredom. She’s so excited to have you be a part of GenSex this semester! She will be facilitating the Monday/Wednesday 6-8 p.m. section with Jasmine.