Staff Profile - Tamara Austin
Senior Student Affairs Gender Education
Tamara is an east coast transplant to the Golden State. She has been with the office of Student Affairs since 2011, serving various role that support students. Her previous role was that of Associate Director for the Student Outreach and Retention Center. She now directs Gender Education Initiatives through the Student Life and Leadership and the Cross Cultural Center. The Gender Education Initiative serves to offer programming that addresses gender issues of interest to all students. The office engages faculty and staff from UCI and surrounding communities to discuss current ideas and thinking about gender issues. The office produces programming that is inclusive of but not limited to: speakers, movie screenings and workshops.
Tamara recognizes the desire of all students to be the best that they can be and works with them to engage in open dialogue that can assist them during their time here at UCI. Tamara completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University and continued on to her Master's in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as Director of Counseling Services for the Penn State University School of Law.
Changing the world is an incremental process. Everyone can be a part of it. I pride myself on creating a space where students can voice concerns and collaborate on ideas that address inequalities as they relate to gender. I think that all students can be the change they want to see in the world. If you ever need a chocolate "fix" or a smile, my office is the place to be. If you have any ideas you would like to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.