About LGBTQRC

history

The LGBT Queer Resource Center (LGBTQRC) is a communitys pace for LGBTQ students and allies. Through the efforts of our campus community over the past few years, the center was originally under Associated Students Inc. which was formerly known as the ASI LGBT/Queer Resource Center in 2012. In 2015, Housing and Residence Life developed and implemented the Rainbow House, which serves as a themed living/learning community for LGBTQ and allies. In March of 2016, the collaborative works with students and ASI, the resolution to support LGBTQ student life passed. In July of 2016, the LGBTQRC transferred from ASI to Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers. This guaranteed the center to be an institutionalized and permanent space on campus. When the LGBTQRC used to be in a singular office space of the Titan Student Union, now the LGBTQRC is located in the Pollak Library South. The center offers a space to connect, access resources, gain support with coming out, and educational opportunities to further explore identities and issues that currently impact the LGBTQ community. 

meet the staff

Professional headshot of Nat Betancourt

 

Nat Betancourt (they/she, Mx.)

Coordinator, LGBT Queer Resource Center

Nat Betancourt serves as the coordinator for the LGBT Queer Resource Center. They earned their Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in History at California State University, Fullerton and their Masters of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. They have worked in First-Year Experience, Career Services, Leadership Development, and Residence Life. As someone that identifies as bisexual and genderqueer, they hope that their narrative and experiences can positively impact others and be of support to students navigating their queer identities. Aside from their passion in supporting students, Nat is a die-hard Dodgersfan, has 10 tattoos and counting, and absolutely loves King Taco!

Professional headshot of GSA Albert

 

Albert (he/him/his)

Graduate Student Assistant, LGBT Queer Resource Center

Albert Xiong is a third year graduate student in the Master’s in Counseling program and is excited to graduate this year! He hopes to continue working with queer folx in mental health settings as a counselor after he graduates. Albert has served as the graduate assistant for the LGBT Queer Resource Center for a while now, and is more excited than ever to serve in this role. Please feel free to chat with Albert if you visit the center! He loves video games, green tea, and, of course, Steven Universe! He does not have any role models except for Carly Rae Jepsen who’s a national hero.

 

 Professional headshot of Student Assistant Shahayla

 

Shahayla (she/they/he)

Communications and Graphic Design Lead, LGBT Queer Resource Center

Shahayla is a second year Arts major aiming too graduate with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Sociology. They identify as a Latinx, genderqueer bisexual. Shahayla enjoy all forms of art, including music, poetry, and- most importantly- ANIME! They spent their first year at CSUF frequenting the LGBTQRC in search for a place to make new friends. Instead, she found a second home. Now they work here and hope that anyone who chooses to visit the center can find comfort as they have too. Feel free to say hi if you see Shahayla!

Professional headshot of Student Assistant Monica

 

Monica (she/her/hers)

Community Engagement Lead, LGBT Queer Resource Center

Monica is a second year latinx queer student currently studying as an undergraduate Psychology major. She is hoping to go into the field of clinical psychology where she can help communities, especially communities of color to get the help they want and need! Monica started in the center as a frequent visitor of the space and is now heavily involved. Her interests are exploring new spaces, meeting new people, and building relationships with many! Fun fact: Monica has a pug named Sandia which means watermelon in Spanish and Monica also had a 156 day streak on Duolingo!

 

Professional headshot of Student Assistant Luis

 

Luis (he/him/his)

Community Success Lead, LGBT Queer Resource Center

Luis is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Political Science. He is looking to further his education in Political Science within the Law and Government field. He identifies as Queer and Xicano. Luis started his first year at CSUF frequenting the LGBTQ Resource Center and getting involved within the community. Luis enjoys playing video games, listening to music and drinking Thai tea and coffee. Some of his favorite games are Pokémon, Smash Ultimate, and Kingdom Hearts. If you were wondering, he is a Samus Main and his favorite Pokémon is Budew.

Professional headshot of Student Assistant Minji

 

Minji (she/her/hers)

Identity Development Lead, LGBT Queer Resource Center

Minji is a fifth-year undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Asian American Studies. She also serves as the President of the Student Association for Asian American Studies (SAAAS) on campus and works closely with community based organizations, such as the Korean Resource Center (KRC). Minji is all about personal development and growth and hopes to create safe spaces where our students get to explore themselves and their many identities. She is especially passionate about Animal Crossing, going to live shows/concerts, and vine references, but promises that she is also capable of talking about more than just that, "So stop by and let's build community together!"

Professional headshot of Student Assistant RJ

 

RJ (she/her/hers)

Social Justice Educator Lead, LGBT Queer Resource Center

RJ is currently a second-year student with a double major in Cinema & Television Arts and Asian American Studies. On campus, RJ is involved with the Pilipinx American Student Association (PASA), the Bayanihan Kollective (social justice community organization), and the Queer Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOCC). RJ spends the rest of her time working in my other profession as a fanatic for the current shows: Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Legend of Korra, and many more. Ideally, RJ would like to pursue voice acting and screenwriting in addition to other outlets so that she can serve her community through cultural work.