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USF students talking after a presentation
USF students crossing Turk Street from Lomo

GSC Staff

The staff is committed to providing space for all to explore issues regarding identity, social justice, and equality. We are also committed to the development, success, and achievement of historically underserved and underrepresented students, LGBTQ individuals and their allies. We are knowledgeable of on campus and local services and programs and are able to make referrals and publicize programs and services.

Career Staff

Dawn Lee Tu, M.A.
Director, Cultural Centers

As an interdisciplinary scholar and student affairs professional, she brings a unique perspective to her work as a diversity affairs professional. She is currently completing her PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of California at Davis (expected December 2011) with research that focuses on diversity initiatives and Asian American student engagement in college. She also holds an MA in American Studies from New York University where she wrote about Asian American youth and hip hop consciousness. In addition to researching diversity-related issues, she has spent the past nine years cultivating her passion for social justice through other student affairs roles that have included diversity training, community-based capacity building, crisis management and community mediation. Her experience with teaching college students, training as a critical ethnographer and Ethnic Studies scholar, and student affairs experience enables her to bridge theory and practice and cultivate collaborative projects between faculty, students and the community. She is a proud product of the San Francisco public education system (K-12).

Alejandro Covarrubias, M.S.
Assistant Director, Cultural Centers

Alejandro grew up in Southern California and completed his B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. After college he served a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at a day shelter for the homeless community in Sacramento, CA. Alejandro earned an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Alejandro is dedicated to challenging himself and others to think critically about social justice and identity issues from both the head and the heart.


Gender & Sexuality Center Interns

Kristian Balgobin

Caroline Christ

Taylor Leisher