Dora Frias, Director
Hey all, here are a few things that are important to know about me: I was born in Durango, Mexico and grew up in El Paso, TX. I earned my Bachelors from Texas A&M University in Kinesiology and my Masters here at Colorado State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education.
I’ve worked at as a physical and health educator in the K-12 educational system and I’ve spent the last 8 years working in student affairs, specializing in social justice education and advocating for underrepresented students on a variety of campuses across the country. Outside of all that, I enjoy cooking, listening to QTLatinx podcasts, and spending time with my partner, our kiddo and family.
Stop by our center to say hi any time!
BRIANA JARA, Special Projects
Hi! I am a 4th year senior at Colorado State University wrapping up a major in English Education, and I absolutely love it here! This is my third year working at the Pride Resource Center, and it is, still, by far one of my favorite parts of my day. Knowing that I am leaving after this year makes me a little sad, but I am determined to make the best of it! I came to the Pride Resource Center initially wanting to get more involved with my community, and more involved I got!
I am also a part of Visible Voices, the speaker’s bureau run through the Pride RC, I am an officer of BAPPQ, and I love dogs! If I am not at work or school, I am most definitely to be found at home with my puppy! Please stop in and say hi!
Vivi DRISCOLL, LEAD FRONT DESK STAFF
Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts
Hi! My name is Vivi and this is my fourth year here at CSU! I chose to work here at the Pride Resource Center because it was a part of my daily life as a freshman. My hobbies include reading, drawing, writing, singing, playing trumpet and piano, and spending time with my friends. I’m super excited to be starting my third year here with the Pride Resource Center!
Kris Zoeller, Front Desk Staff
Hi! My name is Kris and I’m a second year here at CSU, majoring in biology. This will be my first year working at the Pride Resource Center and I am so excited for what this year has to offer! I wanted to work at the Resource Center in order to meet new people and become more involved in the community. I like to collect stickers, from literally anything and everything, as well as play DnD (very poorly) with my friends. I can’t wait to meet you all this year!
Suchi Verma, Front Desk Staff
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Ethnic Studies
Hello! My name is Suchi Verma and I’m a third year Computer Science major with an Ethnic Studies minor. This is my first year working in the pride resource center, but I have attended and been engaged with the pride resource center for the last two years of my college experience. I hope that I can help everyone as much as I can and educate myself better as an Ally of the community. To work in the pride resource center is an honor and I’m glad I can be apart of this community. My hobbies include hanging out with friends and trying new food recipes, playing video games (mostly Pokemon) and watching my favorite YouTuber, Jacksepticeye. When I’m not in the pride center, I’m in the career center or in the computer science building, trying my best to succeed! I look forward to meeting everyone and I hope everyone has a good year!
Jessikha Block, Front Desk Staff
Pronouns: He/Him/His or She/Her/Hers
Hi! I’m in my second year at CSU, majoring in art and minoring in Japanese. This is my first year working at the Pride Resource Center. I’m training to be a filmmaker outside of CSU, and hope to be making films of my own very soon!
Cooper Stellwagen, Front Desk Staff
Hello! My name is Cooper and I am in my fifth and final year at CSU, studying economics. This is my first year working at the Pride Resource Center, and I am really excited to make new connections and celebrate the 20th anniversary.
Outside of work I enjoy riding my longboard, playing with my cats, and spending time with my partner, friends,and family.
Jame Fuerte, Front Desk Staff
Double Major: Dance and Education
Hi Everyone! My name is Jame Fuerte and I am entering my Junior year at CSU pursuing a double major in Dance and Education. My Freshman year I started a Non Profit organization called Lives Unfolding that serves as an after school dance program for the Title One schools in Fort Collins. I have participated in MURALS, CURC, and DSAC on campus and love being involved in diversity and social justice work. As a gay, first generation, Latino student I have found my community and support for my underrepresented identities within the SDPS offices, more specifically the Pride Resource Center, and am proud to be working someplace where I feel valued and supported. This is my first year working the Front Desk position and I cant wait to share my passion and love for the center by advocating a welcoming, warming, and inclusive space for everyone!
Angelise Guerrero, First Year Student Mentor
Hello, my name is Angelise Guerrero, and I’m a second year CSU student. I am originally from Tempe, Arizona, but I love the community and home I have made in Fort Collins. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, taking naps, and fighting for social justice. I am very proud of my queer, Latinx, and African- American identities, and I’m looking forward to incorporating these intersectionalities into my work as the First Year Student Network Leader.
ARMANI FLEMINGS-PRIDE, VISIBLE VOICES/SAFE ZONE LEAD
Major: Animal Science
Minor: Agricultural Business
Hey! My name is Armani(left) and I am a fourth year at CSU. This is my third year working in the Pride Resource Center. My role here is to coordinate the Safe Zone and Visible Voices programs. I like to draw, play videogames, and spend time with my fiance(right) and two puppers.
Quote of the 2018-2019 academic year:
“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”
– Jesse Owens, world record-setting Olympic athlete
Val Hiraki, Events Coordinator
Major: Health and Exercise Science
Concentration: Sport Medicine
Hi! My name is Val Hiraki. I am a fourth year majoring in Health and Exercise Science, and this is my second year working in the Pride Resource Center. My hobbies include baking, volunteering, being stressed, learning fun facts, and helping out in the neuromuscular function lab here on campus. I look forward to meeting you this year!
Luke Sylvester, Inclusive Community Assistant
Major: Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering
Hello everyone! I am a second year student studying Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering. I was born and raised in Ventura, California – the home of Patagonia for all my fashion fans! Beyond classes, I am also a Senator for ASCSU, the President of the Biochemistry Student Association, a Lab Assistant in the Biomedical Sciences Department, and a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.
Outside of school, I love reading, hiking, and photography; emphasis on the photography part. This will be my first year working as an ICA in Pride and Im excited to see what it brings! Cant wait to see ya’ll in the center!
Michelle Mendoza, Ram Events Liaison
Double Major: Animal Sciences and Zoology
Minor: Business Administration
Hey everyone! My name is Michelle Mendoza (pronouns: she/her/hers, or Your Majesty – I’m not picky!), and I am a Brooklyn native of Trinidadian descent. I am in my final year at CSU, where I am an Animal Sciences/Zoology double major, minoring in Business Administration. I will be serving as the Ram Events Liaison for the Pride RC during the 2018-2019 academic year, and I couldn’t be more excited! It is my hope that I can show CSU that identifying on the LGBTQ+ spectrum also comes with an entire spectrum of interests, hobbies, and passions, and more importantly, how they are changing the world we live in for the better.
I’d love to meet you – stop by and say hello 🙂
Jessie Charbonneau, CSUHN counseling center liaison to the Pride Resource Center
My name is Jessie Charbonneau and I am the CSUHN counseling center liaison to the Pride Resource Center. I am an animal lover, an outdoor adventurer, and I am passionate about helping students thrive and grow through all of life’s challenges. My specializations include working with individuals who have experienced trauma, are struggling with relationships, life transitions or issues related to substance use. I also have significant experience supporting individuals who are struggling with issues related to gender and sexual orientation. I believe that you are the expert on your own life and I am a collaborator on your journey towards healing. Whatever you’re struggling with, I’m here to help you achieve your goals. Give me a shout and let me know how I can help!