mad (they/she) is a fourth year majoring in Ethnic Studies formerly Film Studies. Mad took gensex last year, during the fall semester and loved their experience. Loving the format of the course, she became a facilitator in order to learn more. mad’s from LA, but grew up spending her summers in between Oakland & Paris. They spend most of their time reading about astrology, African Traditional Religions, and dreaming of a world free from oppression. She’s obsessed with good food, and is passionate about plant/food medicine.
Salma Sadat is a third year at UC Berkeley and uses she/her pronouns. She is studying political science with a specialization in American Politics. She has been involved with GenSex since she got to Cal and has enjoyed the beautiful community that this DeCal has provided her with. On an average afternoon you can find Salma cooking up a gorgeous meal, making a Spotify playlist, or crafting her sorrows away.
Samira Sriram (she/her) is a sophomore at UC Berkeley double majoring in Applied Math and Statistics with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She took GenSex in the spring of her freshman year and decided to facilitate the DeCal a year later because she missed being part of such a vibrant and diverse community! You can catch her playing Settlers of Catan, engrossed in a bad TV show or jamming to some good tunes.
Ella (she/they) is a UCB fourth year student majoring in Social Welfare and Interdisciplinary Studies Field with a focus in Trauma. She likes radishes, Bunny Michael’s new podcast, Little Dragon and her bike Nora, but what tops her list is dismantling internalized systems of oppression through small group facilitation. 😉
Ella feels unbelievably grateful for the work and wisdom of her teammates.
Lauren Harris (she/they) is a third year at UC Berkeley majoring in Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies. After taking GenSex in the spring of her first year and loving the community, she joined the team as an admin. Lauren was born and raised in South Florida, and loves to spend her days reading, laying in the sun, starting (but never seeming to finish) playlists, and visiting museums. She’s excited to continue learning and growing as a part of GenSex!
Mika Ruder (she/her) is a third year at UC Berkeley majoring in Applied Mathematics and a minor in English. She took the GenSex Decal during her Junior year and wanted to continue being a part of the community as admin! She also participates in the Cal division’s ACLU and women’s Ultimate Frisbee. Ideally, she’d be suntanning on the glade and rereading a book instead of her assigned readings while drinking yet another London Fog.
Jessica Takeda (they/them) is a second year at Cal intending to major in MEB with an Animal Health and Behavior focus. They took GenSex their first semester at Cal, where they found a family of supportive peers. Their lovely facilitators encouraged them to become a part of the team, and they currently work as an admin. Coming from quiet Santa Clarita, they have experience performing field research in Costa Rica and caring for endangered birds. They most love to travel and listen to music while daydreaming. You can catch them sitting in Moffit doing anything but studying or off campus hanging out at your local zoos!
Natalia (she/her) is a third year at Berkeley and is studying Conservation and Resource Studies with a concentration in Geographies of Space, Culture, and the Environment, as well as Art History. Natalia originally took gensex her first year and knew that this was a community that she needed and wanted to be part of, and is excited to come back for her second year as a facilitator. Originally from D.C. she misses the humid summers, but also loves Berkeley. When not in class she can be found at her reading group, cooking, reading reductress articles, or attempting to befriend her GSIs.
Keri (they/them) is a third year majoring Society and Environment with a focus on justice and sustainability and minoring in History. They took GenSex in their first year at Cal and cherished the learning environment it created, so they joined the GenSex team as a facilitator in their second year. Keri comes from Orange County but has quickly fallen in love with the Bay Area and all the beautiful sights and people it has to offer. Outside of class you can find them cooking mostly plant-based meals, doing yoga on their balcony, or singing along with any song that is playing from their speakers!
Cristal (She/They) is a third year majoring in Art History and Latinx Studies. She took GenSex when it was still known as ->FemSex<- in her first semester of her second year at Cal. She loved, learned, and grew from it so much that she wanted to return the favor and became a facilitator the following semester. She is an East LA native and can show you all the rico taco spots in town if you travel down to SoCal. Out of the classroom, she loves drawing on MS Paint, going out dancing with her besties, and visiting museums!
Andreea (she/they) is an international student from Romania in her final year at Cal, pursuing a degree in Architecture with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She took GenSex in junior year and wanted to remain involved with this wonderful community at Cal by becoming an admin the following semester. Outside of academics, she loves making art and dancing to early 2000’s music.
Frida Pavlova Torres
Frida Torres (She/Hers) is a Senior at UC berkeley studying Sociology with a minor in Chicanx/Latinx Studies. She works at the Latinx Research Center here at Berkeley, as the LRC’s publication editorial team co-editor for Revista N’oj. Frida’s research focuses on online dating apps and its effect on sexual education and discourse, as well as the policing of Latinx Womxn’s bodies and aesthetics in the United States. Her hobbies include writing, hanging out on rooftops, and chillin’ with her cat Versace. She also prides herself in having the best Aux skills. ❤
Jasmine Monfared (She/They) is an Iranian-American who graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with a Sociology major and minor in Journalism. She works as an editorial assistant in the news world while also interning at Art of Hope, a nonprofit that provides psychosocial support to war-torn Syrian refugees. Her academic interests vary from topics on sexual and gender violence, the psychological effects of media and literature, and children’s education. She balances her time reading non-fiction, but enjoys writing creative pieces ranging from poetry to film scripts.