Meet the Staff

Klint Jaramillo, M.Ed., M.S.W. Director, LGBT Resource Center Email
Klint Jaramillo (pronouns: he, him, his)...
Evolve T. Benton, MA Assistant Director, LGBT and Multicultural Resouce Centers Bio | Email
Evolve Benton (pronouns: they, them, theirs, or my name) is the Assistant Director to both the Multicultural and LGBT Resource Centers at UCSF. Evolve identifies as a black, queer, boi (born obviously incredible). Evolve is a prominent social & racial justice educator, writer, and consultant from Los Angeles, CA. Evolve was welcomed to the University of California, San Francisco family in October of 2015 where they has served as the Programming Manager for UCSF Student Life. Prior to working at UCSF, Evolve served as the Assistant Director at the University of California, Los Angeles LGBT Campus Resource Center. In this role, they worked to support the retention of LGBT students of color, served as a member of UCLA’s economic crisis response team, and provided leadership in the Center’s assessment and program review process.

Evolve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Dillard University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a LGBT Specialization and Master of Fine Arts from Antioch University of Los Angeles. Find more of their work at evolvebenton.com
Branden Barger, MAS Program Coordinator, LGBT and Multicultural Resource Centers Bio | Email
Branden Barger (pronouns: he, him, his) is the Program Coordinator for both the LGBT and Multicultural Resource Centers at UCSF. He received his Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research from the UCSF School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and his Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

In both his academic and professional career, Branden has been dedicated to increasing the visibility and inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented groups in health spaces and health professions training programs. Prior to coming to UCSF, Branden spent over 4 years as an HIV Counselor and Research Assistant in multiple, community-based HIV/STD testing and treatment wellness centers serving under resourced communities in and around the San Francisco/Bay Area where he specialized in community-driven patient engagement and use of mobile technology in primary care and outpatient settings. More recently, as part of his graduate program, Branden partnered with The PRIDE Study at UCSF to examine substance use health disparities and resiliencies among sexual and gender minority populations.

In addition to his work with the resource centers, he also supports the larger Office of Diversity & Outreach, Undocumented Student Support Services, the Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Lab in the UCSF School of Nursing Department of Community Health Systems.
Zoe Samudzi Resource Center Intern Bio | Email
Zoe Samudzi (pronouns: she, her, his) is a queer Black woman and first generation American of Zimbabwean descent. She received her MSc in Health, Community, and Development from the London School of Economics, and her BA in Political Science (with a focus in International Relations and certificates in African Studies and Global Health) from the University of Pittsburgh. Her academic work engages intersecting & mutually reinforcing structures of race, gender, and class (within broader systems of racial hegemony & coloniality) as they construct identity and influence health outcomes and disparities. She is particularly interested in the biomedical and scientific constructions of race, namely Blackness, and the logics of those constructions as they are applied to understandings of racialized identity as understood through genetics and genomics. Zoe is also a freelance writer, a 2017-2018 fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and a member of The Black Aesthetic, an Oakland-based collective and film series exploring Black cultural production & literary-visual culture.