Queer Resource Center Staff
QRC Director Adriana di Bartolo
QRC Program Coordinator Al Forbes
QRC Assistant Program Coordinator/Graduate Assistant Appy Frykenberg
About our Staff
We strive to embody the following...
- "We are all teachers and we are all learners"
- Generosity, Forgiveness, and Care towards Self and Others
- Speaking with Care and Listening with Compassion
- Using Social Justice as a Framework and Queerness as a Lens
- Working in Intersectional, Intentional, and Flexible Ways
- A Brave Space to Engage with Discomfort that Allows for Growth
About our Director
Dr. Adriana di Bartolo is the Director of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) of The Claremont Colleges. The QRC serves the 5 undergrad colleges and 2 graduate universities of The Claremont Colleges. During her tenure at the center she has developed academic and social programming and events to build queer and allied community across the 7 college campuses. Adriana has created and implemented an Ally Training program and has trained over 2000 students, faculty, and staff at the colleges. In 2010, in collaboration with the 7 colleges’ Student Affairs Divisions and Presidents, Adriana worked tirelessly to make the QRC an institutionally funded 7-college resource center.
Adriana received her Bachelors of Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University and her Masters from Claremont Graduate University in Applied Women’s Studies with an emphasis in queer theory and femme subjectivity. While working on her masters, she was awarded the Maguire Teaching Assistantship and was named the Ahmanson Foundation Fellow for 2008-2009. Adriana interned for California State Senator Shelia Kuhel, working on universal health care bill, SB 840, as well as educational policies for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. While working on her doctorate, Adriana was recognized for her excellence in higher education by the faculty of the School of Educational Studies and was also named the 2010 School Educational Studies Winifred Hausam-Helen Fisk Recipient. In May of 2013 Adriana received her Ph.D, in Educational Studies. Her dissertation explored the impact of campus climate on sexual minority and gender minority students’ level of outness. Adriana loves to chat about all things queer. Feel free to come in on her drop-in hours!
About our Program Coordinator
Al Forbes is the Program Coordinator of the Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges. In this role, he provides support, encouragement, resources, and education around gender and sexuality at the 7Cs. His work includes working with student staff and colleagues to plan and implement programming and engagement opportunities, facilitating weekly dialogues, and coordinating Ally Trainings for students, faculty, and staff.
Al has a Masters degree in Higher Education from Syracuse University, as well as Bachelors degrees in Sociology and Psychology. During graduate school, he worked as the Graduate Assistant in the Office of Engagement Programs, connecting SU students to local communities through community engagement opportunities. He also interned in residence life at Onondaga Community College and UC Santa Cruz. Al also worked at the LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University as both an undergraduate staff and graduate intern. Earlier this year, he co-presented at the 2014 NASPA Conference about “Increasing Campus Inclusion of Queer and Trans* Graduate Students”, and co-presented a webinar on the same topic through the NASPA Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services Knowledge Community in May.
Al's passion is working toward social justice in higher education, learning with others about our unique identities and experiences, and working in solidarity to create safer, more inclusive, and braver spaces for all of us to live authentically. He also enjoys listening to and creating music, reading (and sharing!) books and articles, spending time at a local coffee shop, and being outside in nature. He is very excited to be working as the QRC Program Coordinator, and to connect with students, faculty, and staff across The Claremont Colleges! Don't forget to come by and say hi during his drop-in hours!
About our Assistant Program Coordinator/Graduate Assistant
Appy Frykenberg has been the Graduate Assistant at The Queer Resource Center since fall of 2011 and is taking on the role of Assistant Program Coordinator for Spring of 2015. As the only graduate student staffer, Appy straddles the line between providing mentorship and support to undergraduate students, and working to build communities of queer students (of which he is a part) at the graduate level. In addition to providing logistical support for all types of QRC events, Appy has contributed to several long-term programs at the QRC such as the [Her/His/Their]Story Project, the Queer Faculty Symposium, Safe Zone Ally Trainings, and the annual fall and spring socials for graduate students.
Appy has a BA from UC Santa Cruz in Art and in Literature. After working for several years in business and trade sectors, he returned to school and obtained his Master’s degree in English from CGU in 2013. Continuing in the doctoral program at CGU, Appy combines formal study of American literature and queer theory with professional research in Education focused on pedagogical practice and peer mentoring. Appy is interested in working towards social justice through education in and outside the classroom.
In her academic and creative work, Appy is interested in how images are used to inscribe people and identities, and in her writing and art, she examines the use of gender, racial, and socioeconomic difference in interpersonal violence. Appy presented a paper entitled “On Not Bleaching and Not Becoming my Mother’s ‘Dark-haired Daughter’” at the Western Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion in March of 2014. Earlier the same year she submitted as a guest contributor for www.feminismandreligion.com. Since 2012, Appy has worked for Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies at CSU, Dominguez Hills, a Title V Grant now in its final year of helping underserved student populations to improve their academic skills and providing them with opportunities to engage in advanced research. While serving on this grant, Appy co-authored a paper for the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute Annual Conference (2014), contributed to writing and securing the new grant for creation of a fully equipped Graduate Writing Center, and, in fall of 2014, taught a course in curriculum design for the CSUDH Department of Graduate Education. And at The QRC, Appy combines his academic focus with a love of all things creative, helping students to build caring and fun spaces and events for students to enjoy. Appy enjoys reading science fiction, playing RPGs, and wearing ties.