Taylor Davies- She/her pronouns, and is a second year student in the Sexuality Studies graduate program. She received a BA in Sociology, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, at Sonoma State University in Spring of 2015. Afterwards, she lived at home for a couple of years before making the decision to go back to school and get a master’s degree. She currently works as a sexual health intern for Health Promotion and Wellness on campus, where she and her fellow interns provide information about safer sex, sexual health, sexuality, and health equity. Taylor's thesis interest lies in analyzing current California sexual health education legislation and how it frames students’ sexuality. Her goal is to work towards expanding the current sexual health education framework to be more inclusive of LGBTQAI+ people because everyone has the right to, and should have access to, information, education, and health resources.
Kaylee Dunckel- As she was completing her undergraduate studies in psychology at San Francisco State University, Kaylee sparked an interest in sexuality studies when taking an elective course on sexual variations. While she ultimately ended up completing a minor in the subject, Kaylee felt a strong desire to continue her studies in sexuality and applied once again to the school that ignited her passion. Seeking to marry her love of psychology and sexuality, Kaylee hopes to gain admission to a counseling MA after completing the sexuality program so that she can become a marriage and family therapist (MFT).
Bex MacFife- Graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Rhetoric and Film Studies. Originally from the Bay Area, she has spent many years in various iterations of "sex educator," instructing audiences that range from 5th grade all the way through to graduate school and professional trainings. She currently teaches sensitive exams in medical schools as a Gynecological Teaching Associate. Her research interests meet at the intersections of gender/sexuality, health/medicine, and education, and include queer self-empowerment, the sociology of health care inequalities, and sexuality education in rural schools. Her thesis project looks at the radical potential of embodied standardized patient work, which she plans to continue and expand into a project on gender and sexuality in medical education. She enjoys being upside down and laughing at her own bad puns.
Tiffany Mendoza- Tiffany is a second-generation Filipino American and first-generation college student. After completing her BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University, Tiffany continues to call San Francisco her home—the place she came into her own and became politicized. Her thesis explores the experiences of chosen family among queer Filipinos/as in the Bay. Currently, Tiffany is the Deputy Secretary General of the League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU)—the only international chapter and a recognized student organization for 20 years. LFS is an Anti-Imperialist Youth and Student Mass Organization fighting for National Democracy in the Philippines. Tiffany’s post-graduation plans include taking a break from academia, going on an exposure trip to the Philippines with LFS, reading tons of books, and building on her skills as a comrade and organizer to better serve the people. Makibaka! Huwag Matakot! (Dare to Struggle! Do not be afraid!)
Nate O'Brien (Nate Dawgg)- he, him, is in the 2nd year of the Sexuality studies masters program. Nate completed his bachelors in psychology as well as cinema and screen studies at the State University of NY at Oswego. He currently works as a research assistant for The Together Study at CREGS. Nate's thesis work is focusing on the impact that gay dating apps have on relationship formation in gay men of color. Upon completion of the sexuality studies program, Nate would like to get into nonprofit work, specifically in LGBTQ communities and HIV Prevention. In his off time, Nate is a hardcore movie buff, and loves to enjoy the west coast's hella chill vibes.