My name is Gracen Jinks (they/them). I am a proud queer and trans person, and I grew up in San Antonio, Texas. I attended the University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Certificate in LBGTQ+ studies. In 2022, I graduated with my Master of Social Work degree from the Graduate College of Social Work here at UH and became a Licensed Master Social Worker.
Prior to working for the Center for Student Advocacy and Community, I worked with the LGBTQ+ community as a case management intern at Pride Center San Antonio, and then transitioned to the Montrose Center as a clinical intern practicing therapy. I also worked as a medical case manager at Legacy Community Health, serving folks living with HIV.
Outside of work, I love exploring Houston’s (vegetarian) food and art scenes with my partner and hanging out with our dog, Eloise. Baking is my favorite form of self-care, and I am an avid viewer of Great British Bake Off.
"I am excited to bring my advocacy and resource skills to the new Center for Student Advocacy and Community. I believe community is the most powerful force that underserved communities have for supporting our wellbeing and creating social change. I look forward to helping to cultivate that community with all students, staff, and faculty across campus, connecting students to needed resources, and helping to give students the tools they need to create the campus that they deserve."