Student Interns

 Portrait Kayla Harper Alvarez

Kayla Harper-Alvarez, Event Programming Intern


Kayla Harper-Alvarez is currently a 3rd year Psychology Major with a Minor in Philosophy and Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Sciences. She is involved in various aspects of campus as Vice President for Sigma Omega Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. and a Leadership Today Assistant for the Mosaic Cross-Cultural Center.
 Portrait Kristen Flaten

Kristen Flaten, Event Programming Intern


Kristen Flaten is a 5th year accounting student with a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies. She a member of The Global Awakening Club and is the president of the V-Day @ SJSU club, serving as the logistics director of the 2018 production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. If you ever hear a laugh echoing throughout the student is Kristen.

Marlysha portrait 

Marlysha Nicolaides, Event Programming Intern


Marlysha Nicolaides is a 3rd year Sociology Major with a Concentration in Community Change and a Minor in Photography. She is a mentor for Peers in Pride and involved with justCARE. When she’s at home she loves to spend time with her lovely kitten Jet!
Martina portrait 

Martina Panganiban , Event Programming Intern


Martina Panganiban is a first year college student majoring in International Business. Her hobbies are reading, sleeping, and fangirling.


Portrait: Bonnie Sugiyama

Bonnie Sugiyama

408.924.6158 (direct)

Bonnie Sugiyama's undergraduate and graduated career in student affairs started at Sacramento State University, working for six years with the Women's Resource Center, the last two years of which she was the graduate assistant coordinator of the PRIDE Center. During her time at Sac. St. she worked on various GLBTIQ issues, including: Queer history month, GLBTIQ in sports, sexual assault, Intersex awareness, domestic violence, Trans identity development, safe zone program development, bisexuality myths, etc. Her last position was at Sonoma State University as the Director of the Center for Culture, Gender and Sexuality. Her most significant work at SSU was the revisioning of a lecture series to reflect issues of social justice and educate students on the complexities of intersectionality though our multiple identities.

Education Programmer

Portrait Sam Brechlin

Samantha Brechlin

408.924.2149 (direct)

Sam recently moved to California from New York City, and before that worked in Student Activities & Involvement at UMass Amherst, advising a university programming board and planning campus wide events including concerts, a circus party, and conferences on programming and leadership. Over the years, Sam has also planned and participated in programs around media representations of gender and sexuality, sexual health education, healthy relationships, body image and femininity, allyship and safe spaces, and gendered language and expectations in student leadership. She loves plants, is still surprised by the number of palm trees here, and could talk for ages about normative and non-normative expressions of feminist ideologies.