Meet the Staff

LaMisha Hill, PhD Director, Multicultural Affairs Bio | Email
LaMisha Hill (pronouns: she, her, hers) 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.
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.