OUR TEAM

 

Shift Manager, Ricardo Govantes (He/Him)

“I completed my Bachelor’s studies in Graphic Design at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I am passionate about living, loving. I like to build, manage, and develop collective and/or community processes. for the past 10 years I have been learning daily in self-development, horizontal and intersectional forms of organization. I like to think that I am a person who actively resists/transforms the capitalist hetero patriarchy.”

 

 

 

 

 
Cultural and Education Coordinator / Tania Meredith Maldonado (She/They)

“I am a visible lesbian, I studied a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi UASLP, I am currently studying a master’s degree in Cultural Studies at Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF). I firmly believe in the resistance that arises from everyday life and from the community in migration processes. Down with the borders! Always in the fight for social justice.”

 

 

 

 

 
Care and Management Coordinator / Edith Mendez (She/Her)

“I have a degree in Social Work with a community focus from the University of Guanajuato. I am a woman, feminist, bisexual, IVE (voluntary Gestation Interruption) supporter, activist and artist. I have collaborated with different grassroots organizations and institutions accompanying community organizational processes, attention to gender violence, community cultural advocacy and intervention with migrant indigenous people, LGBT + community  and women in vulnerable situations.”

 

 

 

 
Shift Manager, Alejandro Pastrana (He/Him)

“I hold a Bachelor’s degree in History from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), where I learned a wide variety of thought tools in which History has greater weight, since I was given courses in History of Mexico, which covered topics from Pre-Hispanic Mexico to Modern and Contemporary History of Mexico. I have also received courses in Ancient History, which covered topics from the beginning of the first societies organized in cities to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. I have also taken courses in European Modern History. And in my training as a historian, I have also studied Social Theory, specifically in Sociology, which addressed the fundamentals of social action theory. I later also had an approach in Philosophy, in which I studied History Philosophy. I currently work at Albergue Temporal Casa Arcoíris, where I take care of the night shift and help in various activities within it.”

 

 

 
Communication and Social Media Coordinator, Claudia Cristina Saucedo García (She/Her)

“I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC). I have function as a membership coordinator at the Pittsburgh Society of Artist (PSA). I worked as a field researcher and documentary photographer for the Institute for Regional Studies of the California’s (IRSC) at San Diego State University (SDSU). As a photographer I have documented artistic events and grassroots organizations activities and as visual artist I have practiced through the abstract expression and through conceptual photography. I have focused much of my career on the arts while maintaining interest and participation in human rights and environmental issues. My focus at Casa Arcoiris is to collaborate and participate in the development of a diverse and inclusive reality via the communication arts.”

 

 

 
Night Shift Manager, Andrea Solis (They/Them)

TRANSdiscipline mutante creature. With a finished Bachelor’s degree in Art at Universidad Autnoma de Baja California (UABC). For about four years I been experimenting in the development of safe spaces -a bit more- for the free sharing of knowledge, creative magic and Dionysian rebellions of the diverse-dissident community (migrant and not) in Tijuana. At the moment, I am involved in the pedagogic exploration of action art with workshops and live laboratories, in addition to my current artistic practice.

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 
Co founder and Sub Director, Andrea Gaspar (She/Her)

“I am a community organizer in the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Kumeyaay territory. I am in the process of obtaining my PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California San Diego. I have worked with ACLU SDIC, the Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI), the Rincon Youth Storytellers (RYS) in the Payómkawichum Nation in northern San Diego, and in coalition projects, political awareness and storytelling. I base my work on the fight for recognition of native peoples’ Nations, the intersectional struggles of black communities, migrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.”

 

 

 

 

 
Co founder and Treasurer, Christopher Chambers (They/Them)

Undisclosed information

For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.

 

 

 

 

Co founder, Nicolasa Cordova (She/Her)

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For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.

 

 

 

 

 

AVISORY BOARD

 

 
Co founder, Andrea Gaspar (She/Her)

“I am a community organizer in the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Kumeyaay territory. I am in the process of obtaining my PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California San Diego. I have worked with ACLU SDIC, the Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI), the Rincon Youth Storytellers (RYS) in the Payómkawichum Nation in northern San Diego, and in coalition projects, political awareness and storytelling. I base her work on the fight for recognition of native peoples’ nations, the intersectional struggles of black communities, migrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.”

 

 

 

 

 
Co founder and Treasurer, Christopher Chambers (They/Them)

Undisclosed information

For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.

 

 

 

 

 
Liliana Hueso (She/Her)

“I have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara (ITESO) and a Master’s degree in Photography from the Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana (Ibero Tijuana). I am a lesbian binational citizen, teacher, producer, photographer and activist. I have extensive experience in teaching and conducting audiovisual media and photography workshops, organizing community events, exhibition of photography and performing independent cinema functions on both sides of the border. I am passionate about social justice, and through my photographs and videos I manage to visibilize issues affecting segregated groups, especially with themes of women and the LGBTIQ community. As an activist at the border, my work maintains a perspective that shown through my photographs and the stories embodied.”

 

 

 

 
Co founder, Nicolasa Cordova (She/Her)

Undisclosed information

For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.