Meet the Staff

LaMisha Hill, PhD Director, Multicultural Resource Center Bio | Email
LaMisha Hill is the Director of the MRC. Originally from the Chicago-Land Area, Dr. Hill moved to the west coast to complete a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon.Dr. Hill holds over 6 years of experience in higher education, and has supported students at two UC campuses. Most recently, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology at UC Berkeley’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Dr. Hill completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Counseling Center, UC Riverside.

Dr. Hill’s professional experiences include providing direct clinical services to graduate and undergraduate students, engaging in outreach with campus partners, group facilitation, and program development/evaluation. She holds expertise in college student mental health, multicultural counseling, and assessment. Dr. Hill was the recipient of a 2014 UC Berkeley Spot Award, for herservice with The Mentoring Center (an Oakland based non-profit that supports youth of color).

Dr. Hill is passionate about advocacy, education, equity, and mentorship and strives to support students with navigating the complexities of a University system. Professionally, she is dedicated to multiculturalism, diversity, and supporting underrepresented communities. Dr. Hill is honored to join the Office of Diversity and Outreach under the leadership of Dr. Renée Navarro.
Evolve T. Benton, MA Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center & Multicultural Resource Center Bio | Email
Evolve Benton is the Program Manager to both the Multicultural and LGBT Resource Centers at UCSF. 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 she 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, she 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 identifies as a black, queer, boi (born obviously incredible). She is passionate about providing a thought provoking space for communities to dialogue about the intersections of their complex and diverse identities. Evolve has had the opportunity to present social and gender justice workshops around the country. Her specialties include program development and assessment, social media marketing, writing and performing poetry, community building, and exploring cultural narratives.

Evolve is the one of the co-founders of Theta Xi Theta Fraternity, Inc., a national organization for masculine of center folks. She also is a member of the Brown Boi Project, and a copy editor for Lunch Ticket, an online social justice and community activism literary journal.

Evolve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Dillard University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a LGBT Specialization from Antioch University of Los Angeles. Evolve is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University of Los Angeles.
Branden Barger Resource Center Intern Bio | Email
Branden Barger is a graduate student at UCSF in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics pursuing his Master's Advanced Studies in Clinical Research. He received his BA in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in community health and development. Branden's academic and professional work has been focused in HIV prevention and sexual health promotion within community-based free clinics that primarily serve the East Bay's queer community. Branden has also spent time conducting health research with different sexual minority populations including the kink/BDSM and LGBTQ community with a special focus in patient engagement and use of mobile technology in primary care settings. For his graduate research, Branden is working with The PRIDE Study at UCSF looking at the relationship between sexual and gender minority status and substance use.

Branden works with LGBT Resource Center supporting program development and outreach as our graphic design assistant.
Zoe Samudzi Resource Center Intern Bio | Email
Zoe Samudzi 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.