Hailing from Ontario, CA, Danielle Aguilar is a proud queer Chicana with familial roots in Mexico City and Guadalajara. She serves as the assistant director in the office for multicultural learning at Santa Clara University. Danielle received an M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and a B.A. in feminist studies and minor in Black studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her tenure at UCSB, Danielle experienced heightened homophobia her first year and found refuge in the LGBTQ student resource center and women’s center. These student leadership experiences, and many others, prompted her career in student affairs and higher education. Danielle is passionate about working with historically disenfranchised students on college campuses, creating institutional change through narrative, and advocating for change utilizing Critical Race Theory and feminist theories.