Last month’s episode on this channel featuring A Dialogue On Orlando generated a wider conversation about missing Latinx voices and the intersectional issues between the Latinx community and the LGBTQ+ community. In this episode of Student Affairs Live, we pick up that conversation and discuss the complexity of Latinx and LGBTQ+ issues in student affairs with an esteemed panel of scholars, educators, and activists (generated from an open call). During the conversation, we’ll address:

  • What are the intersectional issues facing LGBTQ+ and Latinx student affairs educators?
  • How can we best support LGBTQ+ and Latinx students on our campuses?
  • More broadly, what does it mean to be a QTPOC (Queer Trans People of Color) from a Latinx perspective?
  • What is Latinx? In unpacking the origins and use of this term we will discuss the complexities of gender and sexual identities within cultures.

Joining Student Affairs Live host Heather Shea Gasser for the conversation about LGBTQ+ and Latinx Issues in Student Affairs are Dr. Trace Camacho, Dora Frias, Keith Garcia, Xajés Martinez, Julio Oyola, Dr. Raymond Plaza, Marcela Ramirez, and Brianna Sérráno. Read below for their complete bios.

Please tune in to this free webcast live at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by visiting or return to this page at any time to watch the episode archive. No advance registration is required.

Please submit any questions for the panelists via email to or to @heathergasser in advance of the episode or ask questions live on the backchannel by tweeting to the hashtag #higheredlive.


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Dr. Trace Camacho

Trace Camacho is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Programs at the University of Arizona. Trace recently completed his dissertation in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. His dissertation focused on the experiences of gay Latino men in higher education.


Dora Frias

Dora Frias is currently the Program Director for Latin@ Student Services at the University of Colorado-Denver. She was born in Durango, Mexico and grew up El Paso, TX.  She earned her B.S. from Texas A&M University in Kinesiology and her M.S. at Colorado State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Dora has worked as a physical and health educator in the K-12 educational system and has spent the last 8 years working in Student Affairs, specializing in social justice education and advocating for underrepresented students.


Keith D. Garcia

Keith D. Garcia is a Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Minnesota. Keith earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at the City University of New York – Baruch College and his Master of Arts in Educational Administration-Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Keith’s work is rooted in the importance of identity development, particularly the complexities of intersectionality. Beyond his campus based role Keith serves on the Directorate for the ACPA Coalition for LGBT Awareness and is an active member within several groups focused on the needs of Latinx, LGBT+ and other marginalized communities.


Xajés Martinez

Xajés (think “ah yes” when you pronounce “zahess”) has a passion to create, often seen scribbling down ideas or capturing the colors of life. Xajés is a trans professional in higher education and works with fraternities and sororities at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior to working at Colorado State, Xajés received their BA in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University and their MA in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of the Pacific. Xajés often finds themselves dreaming about a better future, a good slice of pizza, and everything in between. Online communities have been a strong support for Xajés, and they would love to continue building connections with more folx! Follow them on Twitter at @iamxajes


Julio R. Oyola

Julio R. Oyola (they series/all pronouns used respectfully) grew up in the rural campo of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, to the sounds of coquíes and gallos and perseverance. Julio is currently the Assistant Director of LBGTQ Services at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and serves on the committees for Boston Black Pride and Boston Latinx Pride. With varied experience that infuse cultural wealth and social justice as underlying threads to influence leadership and engagement, Julio’s research interests include queering strategies for the prevention of, response to, and support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, abuse, and harassment through intersectional lenses. Their formal education credentials include a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University in Miami, FL.


Dr. Raymond V. Plaza

Raymond V. Plaza serves as the Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at Santa Clara University. Ray started his tenure at SCU in late July 2015 and as ODI Director is responsible for day-to-day activities that include working closely with the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to Santa Clara University, Ray worked at Bowling Green State University and at Virginia Tech. Raymond is a Hialeah, Florida native who earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and History from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he also earned a Master of Arts in Education, Student Personnel in Higher Education. Recently, Ray completed his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Ray is active professionally within ACPA and serves as Chair of the Latin@ Network, a Directorate member on the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs and the Convention Program Chair for ACPA17.


Marcela Ramirez

Marcela Ramirez serves on the Board of Regents of the University of California. She is the UC Student Regent (2016-2017) representing nearly 240,000 students across the UC system. Ramirez is currently a fifth year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Riverside studying Higher Education Administration and Policy.



Brianna Sérráno

Brianna Sérráno is the Coordinator of The Pride Center at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona located in Southern California and earned two B.A.s from California State University, Fullerton in American Studies and Sociology as well as their Master of Education degree from The Pennsylvania State University. They are also the People of Color Constituency Co-Chair for the Consortium of Higher Education: LGBT Resource Professionals national executive board. They have presented at the NASPA National and Regional conference, Creating Change conference and others on intersectional identities related to LGBTQ students of color.