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"Coming out is the most political thing
you can do." - Harvey Milk

The OUTList is a resource tool created by the Pride Center to promote visibility, awareness, networking, and community among the Cal Poly and central coast community. The OUTList features profiles of staff and faculty at Cal Poly. Their presence on this list speaks to their willingness to be contacted as an informal resource for other faculty, staff and students.

To be included on the OUTList, please see the link below. It is not required that you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community to be on this list, allies are welcome and encouraged to sign up to be on our list. 

 

Daniel Almeida

Faculty - School of Education, Gay & Cisgender

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: dalmeida@calpoly.edu

I coordinate and teach in the Higher Education Counseling/ Student Affairs program.

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Kimberli Andridge

Faculty - Counseling Services, Pansexual Queer Woman

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: kandridg@calpoly.edu

I am a queer Psychologist who is passionate about supporting and advocating for LGBTQIA+ students. Co-Chair of the Gender Affirming Treatment Team at CH&W

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Matthew Armas

staff- student rights & responsibilities, ally

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: msarmas@calpoly.edu

I am a two-time Cal Poly graduate, working with clubs and organizations on campus.  I'd love to work with students and how they experience their identity on campus.

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Mark Bieraugel

Faculty - Kennedy Library, Gay & Nonbinary

Pronouns: they, them, theirs

Email: mbieraug@calpoly.edu

I have experience in teaching how to research corporate culture to determine what you'll find at your potential employer.

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Sarah Best

staff- faculty senate

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: sbest@calpoly.edu

I am part of the Pride FSA and have been active in the local LGBT+ community for over 10 years.

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Margaret Bodemer

Faculty- History, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: mbodemer@calpoly.edu

In my classes and interactions with students and colleagues on campus, I strive to be inclusive and affirming. I teach multicultural American history and Asian history classes, and am a long-time supporter of equal rights for all.

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Jennifer Britton

Affiliate- Parent & Family Programs, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers / Use my Name

I've had the honor of accompanying adolescent youth as an advisor who are part of the LBGQTIA+ community and to work with Sam Byrd at the Pride Center the last two years as Pride Center liaison from the Parent Advisory Council. I'm excited at all the initiatives happening at Cal Poly!!

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Trish Brock

staff - Office of Research & Economic Development, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: pbrock@calpoly.edu

I'm interested in providing ally-ship related to LGBTQ+ people on campus and have personal experience with non-binary and gender fluid people. Here to show support and help where I can!

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Ashlee Burt

Staff- Engineering Student Services, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers 

Email: amburt@calpoly.edu

As an academic advisor, I hope to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for all students.

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Samuel Neil Byrd

staff - cross cultural centers, Queer & Trans NonBinary (Gender Fluid)

Pronouns:  any pronouns

Email: sabyrd@calpoly.edu

I am a first-generation Appalachian QT scholar working towards moral and ethical social transformation.  I am particularly interested in the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion.  I oversee various LGBTQ and interfaith initiatives at Cal Poly and across the Central Coast. Interfaith Chaplain & retired character illusionist and drag performer.

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Michelle Call

Affiliate - GALA Pride & Diversity Center, Bisexual Cis Female

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: ed@galacc.org

Michelle is proud parent to a nonbinary lesbian teen and an asexual panromantic transmasculine teen and identifies as bisexual, kinky, and polyamorous. She has volunteered for GALA since 2008 – organizing events, facilitating support groups, and teaching consent and negotiation classes, and is now Executive Director. Current presentation topics include: Queer and Kinky, LGBTQ+ Elders, and LGBTQ+ 101 for Parents and Guardians (emphasis on gender identity.)

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Jo Campbell

staff - University Housing, Lesbian cis Woman

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: jcampb33@calpoly.edu

I have worked with many campus and community organizations on LGBTQ+ advocacy.

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Lana Caplan

Faculty- art & design

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: lcaplan@calpoly.edu

I teach photography and video in the Art and Design Department and would love to support the growth of all Cal Poly students!

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Daisy Castañeda

staff- University Housing, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: dgcastan@calpoly.edu

I oversee the education and housing initiatives within the Residence Halls. This includes our all gendered bathrooms, Pride Residential Learning Communities, etc.

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James Cushing

Faculty - English, ALLY

Pronouns:  he, him, his

Email: jcushing@calpoly.edu

At Poly, I teach Great Books I (Ancient Greece) and Poetry Writing; without LGBT authors writing about their experience, those subjects would not exist.

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Heather Domonoske

staff- Transfer Center, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: hdomonos@calpoly.edu

I strive to advocate for and uplift the voices of the LGBTQ+ community in all I do. I believe in the inherent connection between leadership, equity, social justice, and more thus I work to incorporate these concepts into all we do in the Transfer Center.

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Michael Eberhard

staff- With Us Center for Bystander Intervention, ally

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: eberhard@calpoly.edu

Experience with LGBTQ+ research and ally education and empowerment

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Allison Elliott

Staff- University Housing, ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: aellio12@calpoly.edu

I work with the learning communities in University Housing. Happy to meet to help connect you with others but also hear ideas about how to make our area more inclusive!

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Lanaya Gaberel

Staff- Employee and Organization Development, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: lgaberel@calpoly.edu

I am happy to be a resource or just an ear for members of the LGBTQ+ community. My work on campus, within Employee and Organization Development, involves connecting individuals to learning opportunities and resources, and influencing a more effective Cal Poly.

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Adrienne Garcia-Specht

staff- Financial Aid, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: agarc275@calpoly.edu

I can help you with all your financial aid questions or concerns in an affirming environment.

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Amy Gode

Staff- Disability Resource Center, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: agode@calpoly.edu

Knowledge of disability law as it relates to housing and academic accommodations, & community resources, for students in K-12 and post-secondary environments.

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Jerusha Greenwood

Faculty- Experience Industry Management, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email:  jbgreenw@calpoly.edu

I teach courses in sustainability, including sustainable tourism and sustainable experience industry management. Inclusive, equitable, and diverse communities are essential to their sustainability, and I believe in creating those spaces on campus and within my personal spheres of influence.

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Adrienne Greve

Faculty - City & Regional Planning, Gay, I find most (all) limiting

Pronouns: any pronouns

I teach environmental planning and climate change planning and policy. 

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Tina Hadaway-Mellis

Staff- Campus Health & Wellbeing, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers 

Email: tinahadaway79@gmail.com

I am a committed ally in support of our LGBTQIA+ communities.

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Bailey Hamblin

Staff- disability Resource Center, Queer & GenderQueer

Pronouns: she, her, hers / they, them, theirs

Email: bmhambli@calpoly.edu

Involved with the Pride Faculty Staff Association, experience giving workshops on queer/disability/trauma-related topics, two-time Cal Poly grad, and peripherally involved with local organizations!

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Amie Hammond

Staff- Career Services, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: akhammon@calpoly.edu

I care deeply about helping students prepare to work in a diverse world, and supporting students of all backgrounds to achieve their career aspirations and identify opportunities that fit with their values, interests, personality, and strengths.

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Valla Hardy

Staff- University Housing, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: vahardy@calpoly.edu

Colleagues have identified me as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and I hope to serve as an ally to anyone who needs one.

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Sarah Hawkins

Staff- Dean of Students, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: shawki06@calpoly.edu

I am Cal Poly's coordinator for Clubs & Organizations and the advisor for 31 Club Sports groups. My office is a safe space for all students.

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Kari Howell

Staff- Cal Poly Scholars, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: khowel02​​​​​​​@calpoly.edu

I am an advocate for programs and services for first-generation, low-income students. I'm a proud low-income, first-generation graduate myself and I'm here to help however I can!

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Keith Humphrey

staff- Office of the VP for Student Affairs, Gay Cis Male

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: humphrey@calpoly.edu

I am happy to be a resource and support for students who need it.

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Kimme Huntington

Staff- Campus Health & Wellbeing, Ally

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: kjhuntin@calpoly.edu

Hello- I am an ally of the LGBTQ+ community. At Cal Poly I help support the peer to peer wellness outreach campaigns from Campus Health & Wellbeing. If you are interested in being a part of our program, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

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Jess Jensen

Faculty- School of Education, Lesbian Cis Female

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: jjense11@calpoly.edu

I am a co-coordinator of the Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program in the School of Education, and also teach in the Curriculum and Instruction Master's Program. My specialization is in elementary mathematics education. I am also co-chair of the Pride FSA at Cal Poly.

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Danielle Johnson

Staff- Disability Resource Center, Ally

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: djohns04@calpoly.edu

I have expertise on the intersection of disability and LGBTQ+ identity, particularly in relation to psychological disabilities. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), I am trained to support diverse individuals with disabilities in gaining academic and vocational access by way of accommodations. I have a particular passion for working with trans students!

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Brian Kennelly

Faculty - World Languages & Cultures

Pronouns:  he, him, his

Email: bkennell@calpoly.edu

 

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Melinda Keller

faculty- mechanical engineering, ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: mkeller@calpoly.edu

I'm available to share a cup of tea and talk about any troubles that might be affecting you, especially regarding gender/sexual identity, or discrimination inherent in the field of engineering.

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Alan Kiste

faculty- Chemistry & Biochemistry, Gay Male

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: akiste@calpoly.edu

I teach mostly general chemistry. I also created and run the Learning Assistant program in the Department of Chemistry. In my free time I like to hike, read/watch tv (mostly sci fi) and practice learning Mandarin Chinese.

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Gita Kolluru

Faculty- biological sciences, ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: gkolluru@calpoly.edu

I teach classes such as Biology of Sex (BIO 123) and Behavioral Ecology (BIO 442) that incorporate human behavior as part of the class content. Most importantly, I am an ally, here if anyone needs support.

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Jane Lehr

Faculty - Ethnic Studies, WGQS, STS, CSSE

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: jlehr@calpoly.edu

I teach courses and do work at the intersections of Ethnic Studies, Gender & Queer Studies, and Science & Technology Studies. I had the great honor of serving as chair when the WGS Department and Queer Studies Working Group envisioned, created, and launched the Queer Studies Minor at Cal Poly! I am Co-Editor-in-Chief of sprinkle, an undergraduate journal of feminist and queer studies that is published at Cal Poly and features authors and creators from inside and outside of the United States - learn more at https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/sprinkle/

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Sarah Lester

Faculty - Kennedy Library, Lesbian

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: salester@calpoly.edu

I am the librarian for the College of Engineering. I'm particularly interested in the intersections between LGBTQI+community, women, and people of color in Engineering.

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Neal MacDougall

Faculty- Agribusiness Department, ally

Pronouns:  he, him, his

Email: nmacdoug@calpoly.edu

I am the parent to two gay sons and my wife does extensive work with the LGBTQIA community through her medical work.

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Jennifer MacMartin

Staff- Safer, Pansexual Cis Woman

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: jmacmart@calpoly.edu

As the Prevention Specialist for Gender- & Power-Based Violence Initiatives at Safer, I am one of the confidential resources on campus regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, stalking, etc. My goal is culture-change on campus, to create a welcoming, affirming environment where interpersonal violence is not accepted as the norm.

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Kari Mansager

Staff- University Housing, Ally

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: kmansage@calpoly.edu

I have worked for 4 years specifically engaged in diversity and inclusion work at Cal Poly. Prior to that, I spent 10 years working in the field of gender based violence prevention on college campuses.

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Charmaine Martinez

faculty- Art & Design, Ally

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: cmarti11@calpoly.edu

Charmaine brings a passion for typography, love of creative experimentation, and interest in design advocacy to her teaching. She teaches in all levels of graphic design in the Department of Art and Design. She believes in equality because we all breathe the same air, and we all have hopes and dreams. She tries to help her students achieve theirs.

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David Mitchell

faculty- Physics & Liberal Studies, Ally

Pronouns:  he, him, his

Email:  dsmitche@calpoly.edu

I strive to be an ally to all my students, including my LGBTQ+ students. I am particularly interested in helping future teachers prepare to create inclusive classrooms and curricula.

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Joan Meyers

faculty- Social Sciences

Pronouns:  she, her, hers / they, them, theirs

Email:  jomeyers@calpoly.edu

 

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Jason Mockford

Staff- Dean of students, Ally

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: jmockfor@calpoly.edu

I would love to be a resource for anyone interested in getting involved on campus, or just wants someone to talk to. My job is to help students get connected to people and interests they love!

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Caleb Nichols

Staff- Kennedy Library, Gay

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: cnicho17@calpoly.edu

I'm the Course Reserves Coordinator for the Robert E. Kennedy Library. You'll also find me teaching library information workshops, attending outreach events, and teach English 134.

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Kendall Perez

Staff- University Housing, Gay

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: kperez24@calpoly.edu

I have lots of pride in being a member of the queer community and have advised queer clubs in grad school, helped develop faculty/staff allyship training, and have learned advocacy through identity.

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Rebecca Richards

staff- academic affairs, Queer Woman

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email:   Rricha15@calpoly.edu

I am an Academic advisor in the Mustang Success Center and I am happy to help students navigate their academic and personal experience at Cal Poly.  I also facilitate trainings on inclusive allyship.

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Miguel Rios

staff- admissions & Recruitment, Gay Male

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: mrios04@calpoly.edu

My master's thesis was on how the cultural background of gay, Latino men impacted their experiences in higher education.

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Janae Sargent

Affiliate - RISE Community Partner, Bisexual Cis Woman

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: jsargent@riseslo.org

RISE serves survivors intimate partner violence and sexual assault - as well as their friends, family and allies. As the Education Manager, I want people in the LGBTQ+ community to know that we are a safe and inclusive space for anyone who has experienced violence. You can trust that your gender, sexual orientation and relationship status will always be respected here and that there are people people in the SLO community that care about elevating your voices and keeping services inclusive and progressive.

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Lizabeth Schlemer

Faculty- Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Bisexual Female Queer 

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: lschleme@calpoly.edu

I teach in Industrial Engineering and am working continuously on ways to make this world (and engineering) more welcoming of difference.

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Kylee Singh

staff- facilities: Energy, Utilities, sustainability, Ally

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: klsingh@calpoly.edu

Happy to support students and peers in the LGBTQ+ community in any way I can.

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Tina Smilkstein

Faculty - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Email: tsmilkst@calpoly.edu

 

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Nadine Spingola-Hutton

staff- College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Ally

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: nspingol@calpoly.edu

As a student services professional, I provide a welcoming space for students to share their experiences and concerns in a supportive environment.

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Hannah Steen

Staff- Career Services, Ally

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: hasteen@calpoly.edu

I am a Career Counselor who is happy to help students explore fulfilling major/career options and provide LGBTQIA+ job search resources. I care deeply about each students' ability to succeed and find sense of belonging at Cal Poly.

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Christy Strand

Faculty- Biological Sciences, Lesbian Woman Feminine

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Email: cstrand@calpoly.edu

I teach Anatomy & Physiology courses in the Biological Sciences Department. While I am not an expert on the subject, I do teach about the biology of sex determination in a number of my classes and could help in answering questions on that topic.

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Meg Stuart

Staff- Safer, Pansexual Woman Feminine

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: mkstuart@calpoly.edu

Facilitator for Safer's Leadership Training, which discusses the intersections of gender- & power-based violence with various social identities.

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Denise Taylor

Affiliate- Local Doctor, Ally

Pronouns:  she, her, hers

I am a physician at the Community Health Center in SLO serving the trans and HIV positive community.

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Elizabeth Thomas

Staff- Dean of Students, Ally

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: ethoma16@calpoly.edu

I have studied LGBTQ+ theories supporting students of those identities and continue to learn how I can be a better ally and supervisor of queer and trans students.

 

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Rey Valdes

Staff- University Housing: Custodial, Ally

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: reyvaldes@calpoly.edu

I have no formal experience. However, I have many family members that identify as LGBTQ. I was very angered at hearing about the hate messages and actions at Sierra Madre. If there is anything I can do to help educate folks I'm willing to try.

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Kathryn Villarreal

Staff- Environmental Health & Safety

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: kvilla02@calpoly.edu

Mother of 4 young adults, blended family. SME in Workers' Comp, and certified for Ergo Assessments; 20yrs law enforcement experience, 911.

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