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                          Lead Coordinator for Campus LGBTQ+ Initiatives


Samuel Neil Byrd, MTS MED NCC (any pronouns)


Samuel is a Gender & Sexuality educator, consultant, and national-board certified counselor who has worked as an LGBTQ+ Resource Professional for eleven years in community non-profit organizations, K-12 public schools, and higher education.  He has served as a teacher, counselor, lecturer, chaplain and community activist.  His current research explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion,


Samuel oversees LGBTQ+ initiatives at Cal Poly, serves on the Board of Directors for the GALA Pride & Diversity Center of the Central Coast and the Community Foundation Board for the Growing Together Initiative Fund for LGBTQ+ communities, and is a trustee for the El Camino Real Diocese of the Episcopal Church. Outside of work he loves binge watching the latest netflix show with friends, traveling abroad, singing in choirs, attending interfaith gatherings, and spending time with his favorite feline, Percy Jackson.    

                          Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ+ Student Development


Arianna Browne (she, her, hers)


Arianna (Ari) is a Masters candidate studying History here at Cal Poly.  She received her Bachelor's degree in History from the University of La Verne.  Ari focuses her research on the silencing of minority communities within the historical record.  With her research, she hopes to bring voice, visibility, and power to underrepresented communities through historical research.  During her undergraduate career, Ari worked in Student Resources and focused herself to dismantling discrimination within academia and created campus-wide workshops focusing on diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality.  Here at Cal Poly, she aims to use her knowledge and awareness of historical systems of oppression to support student needs, foster inclusion, and promote social justice. 

  Student Assistants


Brady Berg (he/him/his) 


Brady is a third-year undergraduate double-majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics. In addition to serving at the Pride Center, he works in University Housing as a Resident Advisor within the Pride Living-Learning communities. Brady is passionate about facilitating community growth for queer- and trans-identifying individuals both on campus and in Housing, as well as connecting them with resources and educational opportunities that support their success. He loves to cook, listen to podcasts, and deconstruct the capitalist and colonial narratives that contribute to global inequities.





Abigail Wilkins (she/her/hers and they/them/theirs) 


Abigail is a second-year majoring in Graphic Communication with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology, minoring in English and seeking to minor in Ethnic Studies. She is a club officer for the Cal Poly Writers' Collective and the Cal Poly Trans* & Queer Student Union. They are passionate about storytelling and other forms of creative expression and strive to uplift marginalized voices both in their creative work and in the world around them. At the Pride Center, she wants to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment where anyone can come to find resources and community. In their free time, Abigail enjoys listening to show tunes, reading and writing fantasy novels, sketching, and spending time with their five younger siblings. 



Isabella Matthews (she/her/hers)

Isabella Matthews is student at Cal Poly, double majoring in History and Political Science.  After attaining her bachelor’s degree, she plans to enter law school to fight for underrepresented voices. Working at the Pride Center, Isabella wants to promote the rights of the LGBTQ+ student population and grow the community and unity of all the students. Personally, she enjoys spending time with friends and her dog, Kass.  Her passions include art, photography, video production, TV shows, movies, music, swim, travel, ancient history, and art history.


  Learn By Doing Interns


Sadie Beaumont (she / her / hers)


Sadie is a first-year intern at the Pride Center and is majoring in English.  Although she is primarily interested in exploring LGBTQ+ health education through the Pride Center, she is also very excited about being able to support the queer community at Cal Poly in general.  She also works for the Cal Poly campus dining organization.  Sadie is passionate about music, all literature, and finding the best places to eat!





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