Center for Gender Equity Staff

Staff List




Dr. Martha Rampton




I established the Center for Gender Equity in 2001 because I saw a need on Pacific's campus and in the surrounding communities for dialogue, education, and advocacy around issues of gender and sexuality. People and institutions are made to suffer because of rigid societal expectations regarding gender. I would like to live in a world where gender and sexuality are choices, freely made and celebrated.



Sophia on the Right

Sophia O'Neal | Class of '20 | Dixon, CA


Position: Co-Chair


While focusing her major in Politics and Government, and having a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sophia has made the Dean's List (Fall 2016-present); organized CGE's group to the 2017 Women's March on Portland, was a project lead on Sex and Gender on the Campaign Trail (2016), Oregon's Place Post-2016 Election (2017), Girls Today (2017), and Women in the Workplace (2017). Sophia is currently a Student Multicultural Center Social Justice Educator, while doing so organized DREAMers Vigil (2017). Along with all of this, Sophia is also a member of Pacific's Cross Country and Track teams, and a College Democrats Political Director.






Marissa Williams | Class of ’19 | Mission Viejo, CA


Position: Co-Chair


Marissa is currently working on a Psychology degree, minoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies. As a member of CGE, Marissa first became a Projects Coordinator in Fall 2016, then transitioned to Co-Chair as of Spring 2018. She led the start of CGE's Masculinity Week, which began Spring 2017 and occurred once more in Fall 2017. Marissa is also treasurer of her sorority, Delta Chi Delta, and has been since joining in Spring 2017. With help from this position, she was award “Pledge of the Year” by her sorority. Marissa is currently working on a Formative Program Evaluation of CGE, along with fellow member Kaira Bird, for her upcoming senior thesis.



Christiana Warner | Class of ’21 | Eagle, Idaho


Position: Administrative Assistant



Christiana is a freshman focusing her studies in Politics and Government and International Studies, while also minoring in French. She is heavily involved with Pacific's choral program, the Forensics team, and the Debate team.



Julius being Adventurous

Julius H. Barajas | Class of 20| Chicago, IL


Position: Communications Coordinator


Majoring in Physics, and minoring in Japanese, Julius joined CGE in Fall 2017. Before this, he had a heavy participation in event, such as Masculinity Week, It's a Guy Thing, and being a canvas for CGE's Human Body Canvas event. While Julius is a member of CGE, he was previously in Air Force ROTC, Arnold Air Society, is currently a Pacific University Technology Help Desk Assistant, a member of Japanese club, Physics club, and a Resident Assistant. 




Dylan Wacker | Class of '20 | Rockaway Beach, OR


Position: Graphic Designer


Joining in Fall 2016, Dylan has designed the buttons and posters that CGE uses around campus and online. Using his love for graphic design, Dylan has been able to show how important Gender Equality and LGBT rights are to him through his work. Along with this, Dylan is Vice President of Pacific's Art Club and has helped lead CGE's It's a Guy Thing.



Cyn and Flower

Cyn Kealoha (they/them) | Class of ‘18 | Maui, Hawaii.


Position: Projects Coordinator


As a psychology major and Sociology minor, Cyn became a Projects Coordinator in Fall 2015. Since then, they have genuinely enjoyed their time with CGE. “The work that is done here is work towards a better tomorrow,” says Cyn. They has led many CGE sponsored projects, most recently and successfully CGE’s Spectrum Outreach Group.


Emily on the Right

Emily DeYoung | Class of ’21 | McMinnville, OR


Position: Projects Coordinator


Emily is a Projects Coordinator for CGE. Emily wishes to pursue teaching and learning more about gender studies. She is currently a member of the Pacific Track and Field Team. Emily has excelled as a Projects Coordinator by playing a large roll in CGE’s Step into Her Shoes March and Relay, BoXXXer Talk Radio Show, and the Girls Today Camp for local middle school ladies. “I joined CGE to do my part in making a positive impact in the community,” says Emily. “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work for an organization that allows me to do so with so many incredibly driven people!”


Vicki Smiling

Vicki Lee | Class of ‘19 |Beaverton, OR


Position: Projects Coordinator


As a Public Health and Spanish double major, Vicki is doing amazing work for CGE by being involved in events such as Step into Her Shoes (2017), Girls Today (2017), and Mulan on the Lawn (2017). Currently Vicki is a Resident Assistant, a Social Coordinator and previous Treasurer for her sorority, Theta Nu Alpha, and VP of Inter-Greek Relations for Pacific’s Greek Senate. Along with this, Vicki is also a member of National Residence Hall Honorary and has helped the establishment of Pacific’s Asian Pacific Islanders Student Union.



Sebatian and Water

Sebastian Herr | Class of '20 | Myrtle Creek, OR


Position: Projects Coordinator


In Fall 2017, Sebastian joined CGE as a Projects Coordinator, helping in events such as It's a Guy Thing (2018), Masculinity Week (2017), and much more. Being a Journalism Major, Sebastian plays a large role in Pacific's newspaper, as you can often find his writing located there.

Ash and Cat

Ash Adams | Class of 19’ | Winchester Bay, OR/ Mabank TX


Position: Projects Coordinator


Ash joined CGE in Fall 2015, and since then has lead LGBTQ Week (2017), Co-hosted BoXXXer Talk radio, It’s a Guy Thing, and much more. Along with these accomplishments, Ash is a Literature Major and Pledge Captain for their sorority, Delta Chi Delta.




Janet Posing!

Jennifer J. Casas | Class of ‘18 | Woodburn, OR


Position: Projects Coordinator


Jennifer (AKA Janet) has been on CGE's staff for almost four years, joining in Fall 2014 as a Projects Coordinator. Since joining, Jennifer has taken lead on projects such as CGE’s Women’s History Month events, International Coffee Day. As a result of CGE’s nomination to attend the 2017 Berkshire Conference, “I learned to better empower for future projects,” Jennifer says. In addition, Jennifer is pursuing her degree in History, is apart of the Hispanic Heritage Student Association, a member of their sorority, Delta Chi Delta, and is leading the Chicana Feminism aspect of CGE’s Women’s History month.



Zenith Fortier | Class of ‘21 | Anaheim, CA


Position: Projects Coordinator


Joining CGE in Fall 2017, Zenith has aided in the success of Step into Her Shoes (2017) and LGBTQ Week (2017). Along with these achievements, they have helped CGE establish Spectrum Outreach, a support group co-lead by fellow Projects Coordinator Cyn Kealoha. While focusing on a Creative Writing degree, Zenith is currently working independently on a sexuality and gender-inclusive interactive novel.







Pose Kaira!

Kaira Bird | Class of ‘20 | Salt Lake City, UT


Position: Projects Coordinator


While majoring in Psychology and minoring in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Kaira first joined CGE in Fall 2016 as a GSS student, then as a Projects Coordinator. Using her major, Kaira, along with fellow staff member Marissa Williams, has been working on a formative program evaluation of CGE. “It has been a great opportunity to learn more about CGE's history and growth, and I am so excited to be a part of that!” says Kaira. In addition to being a Projects Coordinator, she has focused much of her work this year on creating a more cohesive GSS program. In doing so, Kaira has brought to the program social events that optimize scholarly collaboration and education on topics not always covered in class. Kaira is a strong advocate for positive, comprehensive sex education and would like to work to make more inclusive sexual health and body positivity resources available to others.


Lydia M

Lydia Malcom | Class of ’20 | State College, PA


Position: GSS-341 Student/Projects Coordinator


Lydia is a current GSS-341 student, and as such will be interning and working as a Projects Coordinator for CGE. Lydia is currently helping CGE’s Take Back the Night March. Lydia is also a Lead Wellness Educator and a Student Instructor at Outdoor Pursuits


Caiden Smiling!

Caiden Marks | Class of ‘21 | Pendleton, OR 


Position: GSS-341 Student/Projects Coordinator


Caiden is a current GSS-341 student, and as such will be interning and working as a Projects Coordinator for CGE. Caiden is currently working on CGE’s It’s a Guy Thing (2018).