Ariel Bustamante, Capacity Building Manager
Ariel Bustamante (she/her/hers) is a former Liberty Hill Leader to Watch and American Bar Association Panelist with more than a decade of experience working with social justice non-profits including GSA Network, Liberty Hill Foundation, the ACLU of Southern California, and now the RISE Program/Children, Youth, & Family Services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She attended Green Mountain College, an environmental liberal arts college in the small, rural village of Poultney, Vermont and self-designed her area of study: inequality and oppression studies. As a certified HIV testing and prevention counselor, she worked to increase awareness and access to resources in the small town. For more than six years, using an intersectional model, she worked to support the leadership development of youth activists and community organizers. As an equity and compliance expert, she has trained thousands of adults in the education sector, service providers, and others across the country at conferences, on panels, and through on-site consultation.
Doni Tadesse, Training and Development Instructor
Doni Tadesse (he/him/his) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UC San Diego where he actively participated in student government, various cultural associations, and grassroots political campaigns in the 2016 and 2018 election cycles. In his last year of undergraduate studies, he completed a research project on the systematic use of anti-terrorism laws throughout countries signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to stifle political dissent and social movements. His background includes working as a legislative intern in the U.S. House of Representatives where he completed policy research on a variety of topics including healthcare, immigration reform, and early childhood development. Prior to joining RISE, Doni worked as a K-12 academic coach throughout the Inland Empire region of Southern California, primarily serving youth experiencing risk-factors such as poverty, housing insecurity, and foster care involvement. It was there he developed a clear understanding of the many ways in which these youth were being failed by the institutions and systems in charge of their care. Desiring a more direct involvement with the well-being of youth in this population, particularly those of intersecting identities such as LGBTQIA+ youth of color, Doni sought involvement with the nationally recognized RISE Program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Eden Sarkisian, Training and Development Instructor
Eden Sarkisian first joined the Los Angeles LGBT Center as a Youth Center residential assistant before transitioning into their current position with RISE, drawing on their background in social justice education and intergroup dialogue as well as academic research skills. Starting in 2015, Eden served on the Gender Spectrum Youth Advisory Council, helping edit and present multiple online and in-person workshops for youth on LGBTQ+ identity topics and intersections. While obtaining a baccalaureate’s degree from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, Eden participated in the Social Justice Dialogues program, first learning core social justice education facilitation skills and then implementing them in 10-week peer-taught courses. Eden also co-curated and executed a consent workshop series in collaboration with Greek Life and the Title IX Office. Throughout the years Eden has used their expertise to collaborate with many justice and education-oriented causes and organizations.