Yesenia Andrade is the Ally Development Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Affairs. She is originally from Chicago but has resided in Tucson, AZ for the past 7 years. She received her Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University and the knowledge on designing the physical space has greatly impacted her research interest. Wanting to focus her career no her Mexican immigrant community she decided to get her Masters of Science in Mexican American Studies with an emphasis in Health and Wellness. She is now completing her PhD in Geography and Development. Her research interests are focused on health and wellness in relation to the physical environment and specifically for underrepresented groups such as Mexican American, Queer youth, and queer youth of color.
She has previously held the position of Lead Facilitator for the U of A’s Queer Trans People of Color Discussion Group (QTPOC) and has also taught the Sex & AIDS in the 21st Century course at the U of A. She is excited to continue to be part of the Team at the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and in creating a great space for students to have fun, learn, and be themselves.