Liz Lopez (pronouns she/her/hers and they/them/theirs used interchangeably) is originally from South Central, Los Angeles and is the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ Campus Resource at UCLA. They are a diversity, equity, and inclusion, accessibility, and leadership development cultural strategist and practitioner. Liz brings 10+ years in advancing social justice efforts in K-12 settings, higher education and nonprofits.
Liz identifies as a first-generation professional, working-class, Brown, queer scholar and artist with a disability and a daughter of Mexican immigrants. She earned a master's degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from the School of Education at University of San Francisco and graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Chicana/o Studies with a focus in Social Policy emphasis and Education minor.
Liz attributes most of her foundational social justice values through her community involvement in her undergraduate career as a Peer Advising Counselor at the Educational Opportunity Program and a Community organizer at the Women’s Resources and Research Center. Their interests include student activism in higher education, disability justice, queer and trans students of color issues, inter-community healing and studying liberation movements across the world specifically in Latin America. Liz is committed to doing equity work in oppressive systems and seeks to engage in critical dialogues on how to move towards collective liberation. She loves to connect through pets, food, traveling and casual conversations on how to dismantle the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.