Lavender Leader Mentors

Below is a list of our outstanding Lavender Leader Mentors! Mentors will be tasked with meeting with their mentees at least once a month to build connections, community, and support around their experience at Washington University and beyond.

Please review the page along with their descriptions; if you are interested in serving as a Mentee, please follow the link https://washucampuslife.typeform.com/to/TjdePG . If you have any questions, please contact Travis Tucker, Assistant Director of Campus Life-LGBTQIA Involvement.

Trevor Sangrey

Trevor Joy Sangrey

Pronouns: They/them or she/her

Hometown: Portland, OR

Social Identities: White, Queer, Dr. of the History of Consciousness

Gender Identity: Genderqueer

University Title: Assistant Dean, Senior Lecturer, Faculty Fellow

Interests and Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, making bread, running around with my kid

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? I really enjoy engaging with students outside of the classroom or advising. I enjoy the new insights I gain by getting to know people in their contradictory and complicated lives.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? A good mentor listens, offers a different perspective, and supports you in any decision you end up making.


Pamela Avila

Pamela Avila

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: St. Charles, MO

Social Identities: Cisgender, Lesbian, Latinx

Gender Identity: Woman

University Title: Coordinator for Campus Life

Interests and Hobbies: I love running, baking and trying new foods, I made a goal this year to travel somewhere new each month. My favorite shows are Parks and Rec and Boy Meets World. I also danced for many years and practiced aerial silks.

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? I hope to be able to provide a safe place for students, and to provide a outlet if needed. College should be the best years of your life and I want to do my part to make that come true.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? A mentor is someone who can be there for your when you are struggling or to celebrate your victories. I want students to know that they do have a support system here, and whether I can be someone they look up to or just provide an ear to listen, I want to do whatever I can to make WashU a better place for them.


Shruti Desai

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Social Identities: Desi/South Asian, working class poor background, 1st gen, cis-gendered, able bodied, Hindu, U.S. born, woman

Gender Identity: Woman

University Title: Chief of Staff– Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Interests and Hobbies: Food, getting to know St. Louis, college football, my family, good naps

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? Navigating identity is hard and finding community to do that in is even harder. I have seen some things but have a lot to learn. Creating a relationship where we can learn from one another and be honest in that process with someone who shares identities is powerful. There isn’t enough of that space in the world so I am excited this program offers that.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? It means being available within reason and knowing my boundaries. To mentor I need to have done my own self-work so I don’t put my “stuff” on the mentees I mentor. Also, it means being okay not knowing it all, but demonstrating a willingness to hear and learn.


Tonya Edmond

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Austin, TX

Social Identities: First generation; lesbian; white; female;

Gender Identity: Woman

University Title: Associate Dean of Social Work

Interests and Hobbies: Travel, collecting wine, enjoying great food with family and friends

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? To support LGBTQIA students and increase visibility of queer faculty.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? To be a sounding board, to share experiences that can help guide someone through educational, career and life decisions.


Falyn Taylor

Falyn Taylor

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Social Identities: Black

Gender Identity: Woman

University Title: RSVP Staff Counselor

Interests and Hobbies: #MomLife #WifeLife #DeltaLife and watching YouTube!

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? I am excited to support students in a way that I’ve yet to give back.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? A mentor provides an accessible and physical source of reference for another.


Aditi Ahlawat

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Social Identities: Queer/Pansexual; Asian Indian; Immigrant; Middle Class

Gender Identity: Woman

University Title: Staff Psychologist

Interests and Hobbies: Hiking; Travelling; Cooking; Exploring Nature

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? I want to provide more queer affirming spaces and opportunities on campus for students.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? To meet my mentees where they are at; have a holistic view of their identities as they navigate their academic and personal lives at WUSTL.


Wolf Smith

Pronouns: Neutral (they/them or ze/zir)

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Social Identities: Queer (sexuality and gender), White, AMAB

Gender Identity: Genderqueer

University Title: Richard Teitelman Fellow in Economic Justice

Interests and Hobbies: Anti-Violence advocacy, law, video games, food (cooking and eating), and dogs/cats

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? Mentorship is a huge part of personal and professional growth, and finding a good mentor as an LGBTQ+ person can be very challenging. I’m excited to hopefully help upcoming LGBTQ+ leaders grow.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? In addition to helping with certain logistics (such as how to navigate St. Louis), being a mentor means giving mentees the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on their own experiences.  It also means giving mentees a sounding board to explore new ideas and be challenged in a safe, collegial way.


Christian Sandoval

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Waddell, AZ

Social Identities: Queer (sexuality and gender), White, AMAB

Gender Identity: Man

University Title: Residential College Director

Interests and Hobbies: Cooking, trying new coffee shops around STL, walking/hiking with my dog and husband, taking care of my houseplants (I have a lot).

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? I’m excited for the opportunity to connect with and support members of the queer community at WashU. I think so much of the queer experience involves us uplifting and supporting one another when we need affirmation or when those we thought would support us don’t.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? It means providing and receiving perspective, support, and a little bit of disagreement when needed.


Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams, EdD

Pronouns: He/him/his

University Title: Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards


Travis Tucker

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Social Identities: Husband, son, theater fan, Cleveland sports lover

Gender Identity: Man

University Title: Assistant Director of Leadership and LGBTQIA Involvement

Interests and Hobbies: Running (11 half-marathons an counting!), cooking, reality TV addict, walking our dog in all of the great St. Louis parks.

Why are you most excited to be part of the Lavender Leader program? I absolutely love getting the chance to Mentor one of our amazing students here at WashU.

What does it mean to you to be a Mentor? II have been so lucky to have had some phenomenal mentors in my life. Each of them have been bedrocks to me; they support me when I am down, celebrate my wins, and offer great advice. I hope to be that type of Mentor through this program and throughout my career in Student Affairs.