STEPHANIE CAMACHO-VAN DYKE, Director of Advocacy & Education (She/Her/Hers/Ella)
Stephanie Camacho-Van Dyke (she/her/ella) joined the LGBTQ Center OC in 2011. As the former Youth Program Manager, she helped to develop the Youth Program from a weekly drop-in social group to a comprehensive program that supports the diverse needs of Orange County LGBTQ youth and young adults. In her position as Director of Advocacy and Education, Stephanie contributes to the fields of advocacy and education through her ongoing collaborations with Gender and Sexualities Alliance student leaders, educators, and administrators across Orange County. She is passionate about her advocacy work with public schools and universities around inclusive education, policies, and curriculum development and implementation to reflect the intersections of sexuality, gender identity and expression, and identity. Stephanie earned her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of California at Davis and her MA in English Language and Literature from California State University at Fullerton, where her graduate research relied heavily on queer, feminist, and critical theories. She was awarded several academic fellowships for her research, including the prestigious Sally Casanova Fellowship Award. As a biracial person who is half Chicanx, Stephanie was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Orange County when she was three years old. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, visiting museums, attending shows, and spending time with her partner and their two cats.