Who We Are


Trans Student Educational Resources is the only national organization entirely led by trans youth. While TSER members do have specific roles, we purposely do not have an executive director or management to make sure all levels of the organization have a voice and operate collectively. Below are our current team members. If you’d like to contact us, you can email TSER [at] transstudent.org.

Aubrey Sassoon
Los Angeles, CA
aubrey@transstudent.org
She/Her Pronouns

 

Aubrey is an activist based out of Los Angeles, CA where she will be graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Anthropology in Summer 2016. She’s involved in equity, diversity, and inclusion programs both in Student Affairs, where she is building her career, and Academic Affairs on the university’s Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Off campus she works with transgender teens and older youth and their families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in a support community based around family healing.

D. Beltran
Chicago, IL
Board Member
He/Him Pronouns

 

Beltran is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in biology and minoring in art and is on the fast track for a masters in biomedical visualization. He began to understand his identity as a trans person when he was a sophomore in high school. He feels being trans is a blessing that has allowed him to take on a wider and brighter perspective of the world, and with that, he can appreciate the people in his life so much deeper. He found comfort through art and look up to SnaiLords, his trans role model whose art has gotten him through hard times.

Calliope Wong
New Haven, CT
Illustrator
She/Her Pronouns

 

Calliope Wong is a Chinese-American writer, painter, and musician based in Connecticut. She has been involved in queer activism since coming out in high school: in her senior year she started a national campaign promoting fair admissions policies for trans women at Smith and other historical women’s colleges. Calliope believes that education is participatory, and that trans students must be allowed to participate as full members of their communities.

Charlie Kerr
Baltimore, MD
charlie@transstudent.org
She/Her Pronouns

 

Charlie Kerr is a Baltimore-based organizer, trans activist, and law student. She was the lead student organizer on the successful campaign to create a permanent LGBTQ Resource Center at her undergraduate alma mater, CUNY Brooklyn College. As a law student, she wants to bring a radical trans perspective to critical legal theory and use her legal experience to assist local, grassroots organizations serving and helping to empower marginalized queer communities in Baltimore.


Dante Addams
Bronx, NY
Graphic Designer
They/Them Pronouns

 

“A young, genderqueer graphic designer trying to live life to the fullest and do what makes them happy while doing their best to be active within the LGBT community. I want to be able to help people and make others happy as well, hopefully with my designs and creativity. Even though life and people try to pull me down while society tries to force me to conform to what doesn’t define who I am, I fight them off.”


Eli Erlick
Los Angeles, CA
Director, Co-founder
eli@transstudent.org
She/Her Pronouns

 

Eli Erlick co-founded TSER in 2011 due to her experiences facing intersecting forms of violence in schools that lacked vital support for trans issues and communities. Coming out as trans and queer at age eight to a rural community, she has been directly involved in queer and trans advocacy since a young age. She is a former student media ambassador and a current National Advisory Council member for GLSEN and a former Youth Advisory Council member for The Trevor Project. She is was a Westly Foundation and Peace First fellow and has been recognized internationally by Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and numerous other publications for her organizing. Her work and writing has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and NPR among dozens of outlets. She believes transgender liberation is a process of collective action across communities.
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Emet Tauber
New York, NY
He/Him Pronouns

 

Emet is a transgender femme pansexual man from New York City. His interest in trans justice and trans students specifically comes from his own coming out almost 5 years ago as the first openly transgender student at a private jewish school. Since then, Emet has been involved with organizations like GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) and The Attic Youth Center to make sure that trans students have a voice and are able to be themselves in school.

Erika Feinbman
Washington, DC
They/Them Pronouns

 

Erika is a queer, trans, non-binary, Jewish, and disabled activist and a recent graduate of The George Washington University, where they served as the nation’s first openly non-binary student body president. Erika graduated magna cum laude and as a Distinguished Scholar with a double major in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Erika feels passionately about the importance of advocating for trans students to ensure their ability to participate in educational experiences to the fullest. As an aspiring academic and after being outed as non-binary by their campus newspaper during their campaign for student body president, they have gained a unique understanding of the ways in which educational institutions fail to protect or do justice by trans students both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to Erika’s academic focus being on supporting trans youth, some of Erika’s activism thus far has included working to improve gender-inclusive housing policies on their campus and working with Greek organizations to create trans-inclusive policies.

Ezra Morales
Austin, TX
He/Him or Ey/Em Pronouns
Board Member

 

Ezra is a queer, trans, gender non-conforming youth activist hailing from the great state of Texas. His work in activism started his freshmen year in high school through his work with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and has since expanded on both the national and local level by working with organizations like HRC and OutYouth. Ezra is coming up on eir single year of high school and ey hope to become a professor of gender and sexuality studies. Ezra also has a great deal of experience in public speaking, workshop leading and PR through working with his schools newspaper to participate in both local and national conferences such as SXSWedu.

Eri Svenson
Chicago, IL
They/Them Pronouns

 

Eri is a New York-born, Chicago-based non-binary trans activist. They have been involved in LGBTQAIA activism for the past three years, including experience with grassroots organizing, education and outreach, campus-based action and advisory positions. Presently, Eri is working towards a dual major in Sociology and Women/Gender Studies with a specialized focus on the intersection of social class and queer identities, and is especially interested in how non-normative sexual and gender identities organize life outside the middle class. Throughout all of their work, they are committed to an intersectional, anti-oppression approach.

Gabriele Cano
Miami, FL
They/Them Pronouns

 

Gabriele Cano is a Mexican-American non-binary activist. They are based in the Miami, FL area. They are a member of the executive board of the GSA at their high school, they are a cast member of the sociodrama Living Rainbow, and they serve on the youth council of Pridelines Youth Services. Above all, they aspire to tear down the oppression that has subjugated the queer community through their writing and the activism that is part of their daily life.

Harper Zacharias
Deerfield, IL/Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Project Director
harper@transstudent.org
They/Them Pronouns

 

Harper is a Chicago-born activist currently attending Bard College in New York. They are studying Globalization and International Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. They have been involved in LGBTQ+ and political activism since they were 15. In high school, they led their LGBTQ+ and Straight Alliance as well as helped in the installation of gender-neutral bathrooms and locker-room reform. In college, they play DIII tennis and are one of Bard’s first transgender athletes. They are also a member of Bard’s Trans Life Collective and Queer Student Alliance.

Lily Zheng
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Board Member
She/Her Pronouns

 

Lily is an activist, professional consultant and social psychology student at Stanford University. She is the author of “Inter-sex-tionality,” a weekly column in the Stanford Daily on activism, queer & trans issues and social justice, and works at Stanford’s SPARQ lab on original social psychological research.

Kai River Blevins
Salem, OR
kai@transstudent.org
They/Them Pronouns

 

Kai River Blevins is a genderqueer/transfeminine poet and activist living in Northwest Oregon. They have been working on social justice issues in the LGBTQIA+ community since 2011. During their 6 years in the military, they shifted their activism from an emphasis on equality to their current intersectional approach advocating equity and justice. They are finishing their B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a certificate in Democracy and Social Movements, at the University of Colorado-Denver.
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Kara Chang
Los Angeles, CA
kara@transstudent.org
She/Her Pronouns

 

Kara is a queer, Taiwanese-American, transfemme activist. Born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas, she is graduating with a degree in Communication Studies with a double minor in LGBT Studies and Education from UCLA. She currently serves the trans community as a Peer Educator at Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team and most recently competed in the Miss QUEST 2016 trans-advocacy pageant where she won the award of 1st Runner-Up.

Koda Calma
Pennsylvania
He/Him Pronouns

 

Koda Calma is a high school student raised in Chicago, currently residing in Pittsburgh. He hopes to study film and photography after graduation. After coming out as a transgender male in his sophomore year, he decided to combine his passions for film and activism. He believes that while everyone has a voice, not everyone is always able to use it. He wishes to be the voice for those who have been forced to stay silent for too long.

Kristoff Smith
North Carolina
He/Him Pronouns
Illustrator

 

Kristoff is a gay, genderfluid transgender male from eastern North Carolina. He is an artist, activist and aspiring actor with a passion for uplifting trans narratives and smashing stigma. He has written for Making Queer History and served as a volunteer organizer and designer for Wilmington’s 1st Annual Gathering For Peace. He’s currently working as co-founder and Vice President of Social Acceptance, a safe space and informative group working to inform and create community in his small-town Southern highschool. He is also founder of Lambda Revolutionary, an online network teaching self love and intersectionality within the queer trans community, focusing on self love as a form of resistance. Kristoff has dreams of attending Columbia University.

 
Maverick Tang
Seattle/Bellingham, WA
They/Them Pronouns
Board Member

 

Maverick Tang is a queer activist based out of Seattle and Bellingham Washington. They graduated with their BA in Sociology from Western Washington University with a focus on LGBTQ+ Youth and homelessness. During their time at university they were involved in the campus Queer Resource Center and QPOC group. Since then they have been working in the human services field, and seek to address the needs of Queer and Trans youth who are accessing various resources.

 
Ora Battle
Washington, D.C.
They/Them or She/Her Pronouns
Board Member

 

Ora is a Boricua, Jamaican and Black American non-binary person currently residing in Washington, D.C. They are a Spanish Studies major at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and intend on using their studies as a civil rights attorney and activist for LGBT rights in Latin America. Ora realized they weren’t cis as a young child, but was unable to put a name to their feelings until high school. Aside from their interest in activism and law, Ora finds comfort in writing music. Some of their role models are Prince because of his androgynous aesthetic and fashion that constantly questioned the idea of the gender binary and Laura Jane Grace for her bravery in being an unapologetic trans woman who expresses herself freely in her music.


Tan Handres
Washington, D.C.
Illustrator
They/Them Pronouns

 
Tan Handres is a current undergrad, activist, and illustrator located outside of Washington, D.C. As a high school student, Tan found it difficult to communicate their experience as a non-binary identified person with their peers. In college, they became involved in GSM and trans-oriented student organizations, and found a passion for expanding awareness through leadership and education. They hope to use their creative talents to reach out to the GSM community as well as society at large to bring impactful, positive change to trans people’s lives.

Tena Gordon
Florida
Grant Writer
Zhe/Zhir Pronouns

 
Tena Gordon is a black, Desi teen activist smashing the kyriarchy daily. Likewise, zhe is genderfluid and has novo- and abro- attraction orientations. Being Jamaican American, Tena prides zhirself in intersectional feminism, especially empowering queer people of color. Zhe founded Me=You: Sexual Violence Awareness (MYSVA), a teen-lead organization, back in 2014, and coordinates online and offline events. Also, zhe is a co-founder and currently a council member for The Everyone Alliance League (TEAL), a new chapter of Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) at West Shore Sr. High School. With plans to earn a doctorate in Gender Studies, Tena dual enrolls at Eastern Florida State College in their Associate of Arts program.