Yesenia Curiel

Senior Delegate, UC Merced Staff Assembly

Job Title: Director, UC Merced CARE-Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education
UC Service: 4 years
Phone: (209) 228-4147
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Yesenia Curiel identifies as a Chicana/Latina/Woman of Color, a bisexual woman, and her preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. In addition to being an active practitioner of cultural humility, she is fluent in Spanish and moderately fluent in American Sign Language. She has over 17 years’ involvement in the anti-gender-based violence field. She is an advocate for developing culturally and linguistically appropriate programming. Yesenia is a License Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. Currently, she is the director of the Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) department at the University of California, Merced. She co-founded the first affinity professional group at UC Merced, the Staff and Faculty of Color Association and co-founded the Language Accessibility Committee for bilingual Spanish speaking staff members. She’s a mentor, educator, healer and strategic agent of transformative social change.