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Office: KL 167A

Phone: 209.228.2250



Ariell Wright, LGBTQ+ Initaitives Intern,

Pronouns: They/Them

Ariell is the second-term Vice President of Lambda Alliance at UC Merced, the only LGBTQ+ student led organization on campus. Graduating class of 2020, Ariell is a Critical Race and Ethnic Studies major with a minor in Political Science. They hope to work with non profits geared towards helping the queer and trans* community after graduating. Their passions are advocacy, education, and outreach and feel grateful to have the opportunities they have been provided on campus to serve their community. Here's what they have to say: 

"Hey y'all! I am so excited to be the intern for LGBTQ+ Initiatives this year, and I am even more excited to get to create real change on our campus for the community. Specifically, I am very interested in, and have already started, working on Gender Inclusive Housing and making sure all participants feel they are being supported. I also am excited to see the arrival of the first LGBTQ+ Center on this campus, a development unable to occur without years of student advocacy. If you need anything, personal or otherwise, please send me an email or come find me during my office hours in KL169, the Social Justice Initiatives Office!" 

Office Hours:
Monday: 10am-2pm
Wednesday: 10am-12pm, 4pm-6:30pm
Thursday: 12pm-2pm


Angi Baxter, Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Initiatives,

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Angi is currently the Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Initiatives in the Office of Student Life at the University of California, Merced. Prior to her current position, she was a social change agent who held a number of leadership and advocacy positions including co-founding the LGBT Advocacy Team and P.E.A.C.E (Pluralist Encouragement in A Community of Excellence) OSU; was the ASUCM Director of the Queer Affairs Task Force and Graduate Student Affairs; sat on the SOL: LGBTQQIA People of Color Network and Pride Center Advisory Boards, and participated in grassroots organizing through Basic Rights Oregon as a member of Brat: Basics Rights Action Team. Further, she was a member of OSU Team Liberation, an organization that focuses on facilitating diversity development workshops and was a mentor in the Cross-Cultural Mentorship Program. She facilitated the development of the next generation of LGBTQ+ advocates as a member of the OSU Queer Leaders and Pride Panels. Additionally, she was a member of the OSU Women's Center, Women's Affairs Task Force in ASOSU, and assisted with mentoring future feminists in her work in the Women's Studies Program at OSU. She has also received multiple awards for her dedication to advancing the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, including receiving the OSU Pride Building Community Award twice, the Marilyn Gorski Award, the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship, and the Patricia Van Kirk Scholarship from the Pride Foundation. She also received the the E.E. Cummings Diversity Acheivement Award for her work in advancing gender and racial equity at Oregon State University.