Queer Resource Center Staff
QRC Director Adriana di Bartolo
QRC Program Coordinator Al Forbes
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 solidary 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!