Meet Our Staff

Meet our staff!

 

deyanire
Deyanire Del Toro, Educational Administration and Leadership M.A.

Coordinator for LGBTQ+ and Gender Programs & Services

Pronouns: she/her

Responsibilities: Supervise 3 student coordinators, oversee
yearly LGBTQ+ programming, work with administration to
continue to build inclusive LGBTQ+ spaces.

Interests/Hobbies: Record and movie shopping, walking
around thrift stores looking for hidden treasures,
playing with my cats Rei and Morgan and my puppy,
Olive, spending time with my partner watching movies,
eating delicious food, and drinking boba!

"Why do you do this work?": I have always had a passion
for social justice work and can’t believe I get to do
this everyday with students that are also passionate
about equity work. My long-term goal is to go on and
positively impact college campuses in my role by
continuing to build spaces and advocating for
marginalized students on campus. 

q clothing closet photo
Joury Robles, Counseling with an option in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling M.S.

Graduate Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her

Responsibilities: Peers Supporting Peers Program Coordinator,
founder of LGBTQ+ Prom, co-founder of Fresno State's
LGBTQ+ Advisory board, Graduate Student
Representative for the President's Commission for
Human Relations and Equity, and member of the
National Coalition Building Institute. Conducts CCGC
employee training, supervises student coordinators
for LGBTQ+ Programs and Services, and coordinates
LGBTQ+ History Month and Pride Week.

Interests/Hobbies: Graduate Coordinator by day,
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist by night.
Absolutely loves to dance! Reads and writes for
self-care, enjoys long boarding in the summer,
playing the piano and violin, drawing, scrap
booking, cooking/baking, and DIY's, watches
Netflix whenever there is a glimpse of free time,
and views sleep as a luxury.

"Why do you do this work?": Doing this type of work
has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me.
I grew up in a traditional Mexican and Catholic household
which not only made it difficult for me to come
out as Queer, but it also made it difficult for me
to love myself. Coming to Fresno State gave me an
opportunity to truly and genuinely embrace my
Queer identity and in doing so, I realized that
I wanted to help others learn to embrace their
identities as well. I absolutely love the work that I do
and I have personally seen the impact that it makes in
the lives of our LGBTQ+ students and community
members. Educating ourselves and others is
important when trying to advocate for groups that
are not always able to advocate for themselves.
When we live in a world that separates us by
our differences, it's up to us to learn to embrace them.

kiana
Kiana Medina, Liberal Studies B.A. (in progress)

Lead Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her

Responsibilities: Q Clothing Closet,
LGBTQ+ Educational Services, and Volunteer Program

Interests/Hobbies: Photographer and editor.
Loves to travel as much as possible with
her partner and her pup, eat all the local food,
and drink all the coffee. Unashamed bad dancer. 

"Why do you do this work?": Helping others is
what I was called to do, and advocacy is the perfect area for folks to use their voice to make change!
Educating others about identities/experiences is
a large part of the job, but I also learn something new almost everyday which is awesome and beautiful!

ben
Ben Nehring, History B.A. (in progress)

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him

Responsibilities: the Queer Chronicles, condom supplier, transgender programs and services.

Interests/Hobbies: Anything nerd/comic related. Reading, writing, and watching television. Sleeping.

"Why do you do this work?": Because I was so
often educating the people around me about who
I was as a queer person that I figured I should just
get paid for it. Less jokingly, I was tired of having to educate everybody around me and wanted to try and help make it so that other queer people don't have to constantly do that as well.