Queer Resource Center Staff
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
Manuel A. Diaz, Ph.D. (Pronouns: He/Him/His) Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Queer Resource Center
Manuel (Manny) is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D. and M.A.) concentrating on Teaching, Learning, and Culture and Higher Education/Student Affairs with emphases on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. He also has an M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona. His research agenda focuses on the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ students of color in higher education settings and how intersections of multiple social identities influence educational outcomes and academic success. At Cal Poly Pomona, Manny also serves as a Lecturer in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department where he teaches courses on gender, sexuality, and diverse LGBTQ+ identities. He has extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ students, particularly QTPOC students in academic and counseling settings and centers intersectionality, queer, and feminist theories into his teaching, research, and applied practices into his work. His vices are dark chocolate, black coffee, CrossFit, and practicing yoga.
Pharalyn M. Crozier, M.S. (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers) Assistant Director, Queer Resource Center
Pharalyn has a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology. Before joining the QRC, Pharalyn worked as a licensed counselor in Alabama, serving clients of all ages and backgrounds and as an adjunct instructor, teaching developmental psychology. Throughout her career, she has found it important to give back by being of service to others, most recently as an advocate for the Rape Crisis Center and volunteer with Pennsylvania Competes, working to achieve non-discrimination legislation in Pennsylvania. Some of her other volunteer efforts have included Big Brother Big Sister, New Orleans LGBT center, and Crescent House, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. Pharalyn started with the QRC as the Student Support Manager and hopes to continue assisting students with connecting to resource and community in her new role as the Assistant Director.