Bldg 65, Room 217 (UU217)
Bldg. 65, Room 217
Dr. Bryan Hubain is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Cross Cultural Centers. Dr. Hubain received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Higher Education with a focus on Diversity and Higher Learning. Before Cal Poly, he taught Human Diversity at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he also served in the capacity of Diversity Specialist. His areas of research include the experiences of LGBTQ international students, practical and pedagogical applications of inclusive excellence, experiences of students of color, doctoral student socialization, and the intersections of sexuality and gender performance in the Caribbean. Dr. Hubain’s most recent publication can be found in the International Journal for Qualitative Studies in Higher Education, which focused on the use of critical race theory and counter-storytelling as a method for representing the experiences of students of color.
Lead Coordinator of Campus LGBTQ+ Initiatives
Samuel Neil Byrd, MED NCC
Pronouns: He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs
Samuel is an educator, consultant, national board-certified psychotherapist, and LGBTQ+ Resource Professional originally from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. A 1st-gen professional and alumnus of Appalachian State University, Richmond International University of Rome, and NC State University, Samuel has focused his studies on expanding access to public education, supporting students mental health and wellness, and dismantling systems of oppression through social justice education and campus / community activism. He has served as a public school teacher and college lecturer, college counselor, Interfaith Chaplain, and community activist. He is currently a presidential scholar at the Pacific School of Religion in the area of Queer, Womxnist, and Postcolonial Theology.
Whether in the halls of Vatican City, the Moral Monday marches on the capital of NC, or in the classroom, Samuel advocates for underrepresented students and communities that celebrate diversity through a radical and enthusiastic practice of inclusion. Samuel currently coordinates LGBTQ+ and various Interfaith Initiatives within the Cross Cultural Centers for Cal Poly and the local San Luis Obispo community.
Beya is here to ensure that Cal Poly continues to have events and programs that serve diversity, equity and inclusion. Personally she supports, advocates, and develops our students in any way she can. She herself is a recourse for students and her work is a celebration of the culture they bring to Cal Poly.
She has her Master's in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State and specialize in re-imagining retention and recruitment initiatives for underrepresented students in higher education.
Davona is a Learning Community Coordinator for University Housing and she is also a main contact to resources from the Dean of Students. Davona enjoys working at the Gender Equity Center because she learns something new everyday from the students that frequent the centers. Davona is currently working to get into law school, and she aspires to be a practicing lawyer.
Davona received her Bachelors in Public Relations & Marketing at Baldwin Wallace University. She also recieved her Masters in College Student Personnel Administration at Canisius College.
Pronouns: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs
Eden is a Cal Poly Graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Anthropology and Geography, with a concentration in Art History and minor is Women and Gender Studies. Throughout her college career, Eden was involved in the Cross Cultural Centers advocating for an inclusive and diverse campus environment. While working at the Pride Center, she hopes to continue that work and champion for, uplift, and support marginalized students. When not at work, she can be found watching movies, thrifting, celebrating Halloween every day of the year, or roller skating.
Diane Le Strain
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