Kendy Rivera, Editor-in-Chief
Hailing from the Tijuana-San Diego (trans)border, Kendy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Commuting between the state of California and Baja California, Mexico, Kendy double-majored in Political Science and Latin American Studies from San Diego State University in 2008, and finished a M.A. in Latin American Studies at UCLA in 2012. As a member of the first doctoral cohort in Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA, Kendy has specialized her graduate training in Border Studies, and the hybrid manifestations that bordered experiences articulate. Her dissertation project sheds-light on a “new” Latina/o/ Mexican-American/Chicana experience that navigates the U.S.-Mexico borderland. As a Research Assistant for the LGBT Studies Program, Kendy has co-organized the student-run academic conferences QGrad 2014, QScholars 2015, and QGrad 2015. In addition, she serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and graduate-student journal, Queer Cats.
Rachael Greenberg is a second year graduate student and member of the third cohort at UCLA’s César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies (M.A., PhD). Her research draws from Chicana feminist theory to theoretically frame and ethnographically explore the de-colonial practices and performances of Latinidad (Latinoness) within the geographic context of the U.S.Mexico borderlands. While at UCLA, Rachael has co-organized the 2015 Q-Grad Conference and is a founding members of Queer Cats: Journal of LGBT Studies. A bilingual scholar-in-training, Rachael is also part of an on-going effort to translate Chicana feminist theory from English to Spanish and is a proud member of Codex Nepantla, an academic collective dedicated to literary trans-interpretation.
Kevin Medina, Copy Editor
Kevin Medina is entering his third year as a masters student in Public Policy and Social Welfare (MPP/MSW) at UCLA. Kevin received his B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior from UC Irvine. In his final year in graduate school, Kevin’s current research focuses on mental health access for non-English speaking immigrants in Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Kevin has co-organized the 2014 and 2015 QGrad conferences and is the current Co-Chair for UCLA’s Committee on LGBTQ Affairs. Kevin is also a founding member and editor for the Queer Cats Journal at UCLA. In his new professional role, he conducts research, data analyses, and trainings on hate crimes in LA County. Upon graduation this year, Kevin hopes to enter a position where he can study and create positive change on the negative psycho-socio-economic effects of social policies and public service programs on minority populations, particularly QTPOC.