The UNITY Theme Program is currently staffed by both professionals and undergraduate students who work to improve the campus climate for the on-campus UC Berkeley residential LGBTQ community and their allies.
Em Huang, M.ED
Resident Director of the UNITY Theme Program
Academic Course Instructor
Em Huang (they/them pronouns) is the Resident Director (RD) for the UNITY Theme Program. Em is from SoCal, but has loved getting to know the Bay Area since moving to Berkeley in 2017. Em completed a B.A. in sociology with minors in natural science, psychology, and gender studies at the University of Southern California, and completed their M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont. Em's interests center around social justice education, particularly around issues affecting queer and trans students and students of color. In their free time, they love playing music, volleyball, snowboarding, video games, hanging out with their cat Mowgli, and geeking out about Star Wars, Grey’s Anatomy, and Steven Universe. As the RD for UNITY, Em instructs the seminar and works with the Theme Program Resident Assistant, Jesús, and the clerks, Cai and Naseem, on the programs, events, and internships UNITY students participate in.
Professor Kate O’Neill is a live-in faculty member who joined the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley in 1999, specializing in the field of global environmental politics and governance. She writes on the ever-changing nature of global environmental challenges and our responses to them, on environmental activism and social movements, and on the global political economy of wastes. She teaches upper division and graduate courses in International Environmental Politics, and is a leading faculty advisor in the Conservation and Resource Studies Major in the College of Natural Resources. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, and is a co-editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics. Her work has been published by MIT and Cambridge University Presses, and has appeared in journals such as International Studies Review, the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, and Public Understanding of Science.
She has lived parts of her life in the UK and Ireland, as well as the US, but comes from Australia, and gets back there as often as possible. She lives in Unit 2, with her partner, Dr. Wil Burns, his daughter and their two cats. They enjoy helping students successfully navigate transitions to and within college life. Kate works with two living-learning communities, the Global Environmental Theme House and the UNITY Theme Program, to bridge campus and residential lives on a large public university campus. Professor O’Neill is an advocate and ally for LGBTQ college students and loves working with UNITY students throughout the academic year.
Professor Kate O'Neill, Ph.D
Resident Faculty of the UNITY Theme Program
Jesus is a live-in hall staff member (Theme Program Assistant), advisor and co-facilitator of the UNITY Academic Program. He is originally from Huron CA, a small agricultural community in the Central Valley and is currently in his third year at UC Berkeley, majoring in Public Health and Social Welfare and exploring the possibility of a minor in performing arts.
Jesus was a member of the UNITY Theme Program in his first year and I fell in love with the program, his floormates, and the Theme Program staff. Through his experience with this community, he learned to navigate the complexities of UC Berkeley in his first year and intends to provide similar experiences and support for this year’s UNITY cohort. Outside of UNITY, he tries to keep an active lifestyle in his spare time, such as going for a run or hitting up the RSF to workout and an active presence within the larger UC Berkeley queer community.
Theme Program Assistant (TPA)
Cai is a second-year Ethnic Studies and Theatre Performance Studies Double Major with a focus in Education and Social Justice. They also have an interest in minoring in GWS and Music Performance Studies. Cai's role with the Resource Center is to provide support to the residents of Unit 3, Administrative functions across the Unit, and assist the various residential programs within the halls! Cai has a passion for critically analyzing social structures with an intersectional lens to equitably assist marginalized and oppressed communities. This is their second year with the program, first as a resident, and now as the Resource Center Clerk. Cai also has a passion for performance and art including singing, theatre, dance, photography, poetry, drawing, and performance through Drag! Cai hopes to provide effective and equitable support to the residents and residential life programs in an environment that doesn't always cultivate the opportunity for success; especially for historically marginalized identities!