Colleen Rice to join UCSC Women's Center as director

New Women's Center director has worked as an advocate for Women and Gender issues in various roles.

February 25, 2019

Bay Area native, Colleen Rice

On behalf of the Resource Centers, we are thrilled to welcome Colleen Rice to campus, as the new Director for the Women’s Center!

Colleen’s first day will be Monday, February 25th, and she can be reached by email at and x9-2072.

Many thanks to the search committee: Dr. Judith Estrada (Chair), Mari Ortiz-McGuire, Rennea Howell, Sandra Ramirez, and Claudia Espino Romero, with staff support from Carlos Gutierrez, Arianna Basped, Tam Welch, and Cameron de León. Also, thank you to Women’s Center staff and students who continued to offer services and engaging programs without a full-time Director, particularly to Program Coordinator Tracy Garcia who supported the WC, in addition to her responsibilities at Cantú Queer Center.


Colleen Rice, a Bay Area native, graduated with a BA in Vocal Music Performance and Political Science from Winthrop University in South Carolina, and received her MSEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. After a brief stint as a temporary CRE at Rachel Carson College for Fall 2016, Colleen proceeded to Sonoma State University, where she served as the Coordinator for Transfer and Transition Programs for two years. In that role, Colleen directly supervised 75+ student leaders who served in First- and Second-Year Experience courses.

Beyond transition programs, Colleen has worked as an advocate for Women and Gender issues in various roles. She served on the Communications Team for the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community for just under two years, serves as an editor on the review board for NASPA's Women and Gender in Higher Education journal, and is pursuing her second Masters degree in Women and Gender Studies at SFSU. She looks forward to returning to UC Santa Cruz to join the legacy of rich storytelling and fierce advocacy for all students, faculty, and staff, whether women-identified, non-binary, or ally alike. She is honored to join the Resource Center team and can't wait to contribute joyfully as a part of the Banana Slug family.

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