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!
EMILY AMBROSE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
I graduated from CSU in 2010 with a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education, after traveling as a Leadership Consultant for my international sorority. I graduated with her Bachelor’s in Communication and a certificate in LGBT Studies from CU-Boulder.
Most recently, I worked in the office of Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement with leadership initiatives and still teach in the President’s Leadership Program. And yet, these experiences only partially represent me.
I enjoy dancing, traveling, guiding in the Grand Canyon, binge watching Netflix, and visiting family and friends around the world. I love all the students and staff I have come to know during my time at CSU!
BRIANA JARA, LEAD FRONT DESK COORDINATOR
Hi! I am a third year at Colorado State University and I absolutely love it here. This is my second year working at the Pride Resource Center, and it is by far one of my favorite parts of the day. I wanted to work at the Resource Center in order to get more involved in my community. This year, I am in a different position, and even though I know it will be challenging, I am so excited thinking about the year to come.
I am also a part of Visible Voices, the speaker’s bureau ran through the Pride Resource Center, I am a facilitator for BAPPQ (AKA BPPQ), and I absolutely love dogs. If I am not at work or at school, I am most definitely to be found at home with my puppy.
NATE DRISCOLL, FRONT DESK STAFF
My name is Nate and this is my third 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 piano, and running. I’m super excited to be starting my second year here with the Pride Resource Center!
Lex Leeds, Front Desk Staff
Major: Social Work
Hey my name is Lex Leeds, and my pronouns are they/them/theirs. I am a third year studying Social Work.
“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!”
– Daenerys Targaryen
Axel Foor, Front Desk Staff
I am a junior majoring in Zoology here at CSU. This will be my first year working here at the Pride Center and I am looking forward to working with our awesome staff to continue to create and maintain this safe space. I have many interests: I am a painter, an arthropod hobbyist, and I am constantly on the quest for knowledge!
Conor Nelson, Front Desk Staff
Hey everyone, I am currently a junior here at CSU and like the outdoors and otters. My favorite color was neon black before I discovered the beauty of a seafoam/teal/turquoise (tur-qwaa-z) type thing.
Amaranta Lopez Olivares, Front Desk Staff
Major: Clinical/Counseling Psychology
Hello! My name is Amaranta, and I am a third year at CSU. My name means “flower that never fades”, and it suits me well because I am resilient, and I love flowers (even though I am allergic to them). I was born in Mexico City and immigrated to Colorado Springs, CO when I was eight years old. I speak English and Spanish fluently, and I love teaching about my culture. I also love art, music, and spending time with loved ones. I am passionate about working with the Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, and focusing on intersectional identities and how it affects mental health. I love sharing and hearing stories so I enjoy talking to new people!
Denise Negrete, Front Desk Staff
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hi! My name is Denise Negrete and I am a third year student at CSU majoring in Biomedical Sciences. My hobbies include singing when no one is around, painting, hanging out with friends and being involved on campus!
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.
V BELLINGER, INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY ASSISTANT
Major: Ethnic Studies and English
Minor: Business and Sociology
Hello folks! My name is V, and I’ll be the Inclusive Community Assistant, affiliated with Laurel Village, on staff at the Pride Resource Center this year! I’m double majoring in Ethnic Studies and English, with a minor in Business and Sociology! I’m from Philadelphia, PA and I chose CSU for the Vet School and although I’ve since changed my major, I stayed here for all the lovely friends I’ve made so far. I’m excited to continue making connections with the people I meet.
ARMANI FLEMINGS-PRIDE, VISIBLE VOICES/SAFE ZONE LEAD
Major: Equine Science & Animal Science
Hey Everyone! My name is Armani and I am a third year at Colorado State University. This is my second year working in the Pride Resource Center. My job here is to help coordinate the Safe Zone and Visible Voices programs. I also am a Visible Voice Volunteer and an Resident Assistant. I look forward to seeing you all in the Pride Resource Center. If you see me around campus, please feel free to say hi!
Val Hiraki, Events Coordinator
Major: Health and Exercise Science
Concentration: Sport Medicine
Hi! My name is Val Hiraki. I am a third year majoring in Health and Exercise Science, and this is my first year working in the Pride Resource Center. I’ve wanted to meet more people and become involved in the community for a long time, and now I will have a chance to do just that!. My hobbies include baking, dancing, and taking candid photographs of my beloved pup, Suki. I look forward to meeting you this year!
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!