Meet the Mentors

Please take a few minutes to read the profiles of mentors who are a part of the program. You may contact any of us individually and/or attend one of the campus events. For additional questions, please email us at lgbtmentors@csustan.edu.

Photo of Robin BaldridgeRobin Baldridge

Hi I’m Robin Baldridge. I am adjunct lecturer in Gender Studies and English and teach several Gender Studies courses on a rotating basis, including the queer centric “Gender and Sexuality in Literature in Film.” The design of that class partially emerged from the Queer Theory Focused Research Cluster at UCSC, of which I was a founding member. I taught my first class at Stanislaus State in the Spring of 2002. I had reluctantly moved to Turlock from Santa Cruz, where I had been working on my PhD in early modern nationalities and sexualities in the Literature program at UCSC. My partner had a job here at Stanislaus, we had a six—week old daughter, and it no longer made sense to live in two different places. I was apprehensive about the dominant cultural community I would encounter in the Central Valley and did indeed experience an incredibly heteronormative and heterosexist world—view in my neighborhood and beyond. Part of my personal solution to curtailing my sense of being an alienated outsider who appeared complicit in sexual privilege and gender normativity as a new mom was to bring queer theory and sexuality studies in to the curriculum in any class I got to teach as an adjunct. I have done so ever since. I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve our student community as an LGBTQ mentor. Contact me at rbaldridge@csustan.edu.


Photo of Betsy EudeyBetsy Eudey

Hey – I’m Betsy Eudey. I have been an LGBT—ally and activist all of my adult life, and have been teaching about LGBT issues since the mid—1990s. I primarily teach in Gender Studies at Stan State, although you may also see me teaching in some other departments as well. I was highly involved in student activities and Greek life as an undergrad, and after college worked for many years in student affairs before moving to full—time work as a professor. In fact, I’ve worked in some role on a college campus every year since 1984, so I’ve got a lot of experience with college life. I live in the mountains in Twain Harte, and love to hike, bike, go to concerts, and watch movies. I am happy to provide support to any and all students, and look forward to helping make this campus and community a more enriching space for students of all sexes, genders and sexual orientations. Please contact me at beudey@csustan.edu, (209) 664-6673, office is Bizzini Hall 107B.


Photo of Rachel GrimshawRachel Grimshaw

I’m Rachel Grimshaw. This is my ninth year teaching in the English Department, and when I’m not grading, you can find me at a local coffee shop drinking ridiculous amounts of caffeine, playing card or board games with friends, playing video games, floating the river, attending live music events, reading, writing, or arithmaticing (not really—I’m a nerd, but I don’t do math for fun). If I can do any of these activities with my girlfriend of 12 years and our new puppy, Greta, that’s even better. I attended Stan State for undergraduate and graduate work, and when I transferred to this campus in 2006, I had just come out. I was lucky enough to find myself surrounded with love and acceptance both at work and at school, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone. As someone who comes from a conservative family and region, I know the difference a support system can make, and I would love the opportunity to work with students who need support, guidance, or even just an open ear or a friendly face.

Because of the leadership position I’ve taken in the program this year, I’ve decided not to take on any new mentees, so I can help support all of the students in our program, but I’m available if anyone needs support or simply someone to talk to. You can reach me by email: rgrimshaw@csustan.edu or in person during office hours Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00 (DBH 246). I look forward to meeting you, I’m excited to have you be a part of our program, and I hope you have an amazing year!


Photo of Stephanie HubbardStephanie Hubbard

Hello!  My name is Stephanie Hubbard and I am the Director for Student Leadership and Development.   I identify as Bi-Sexual and live with my partner, Karen, and our animals Amani and Aurora.  Outside of work, we spend much of our time at the water (ocean, lake, or pool), playing games, seeing movies, and traveling.  I am a native Californian who grew up in San Diego, worked in four different regions of the country, and have been working in the Bay area for the last 18 years.  I started at Stan State in August and I have really enjoyed getting to know the campus and our amazing students.  I am passionate about diversity and social justice and worked with students and administrators to open the campus Diversity Center this last year.  I find supporting and empowering students so rewarding, which is why I wanted to serve as a LGBTQ+ Mentor.  If you need someone to listen, provide support, or help you through challenges you are facing – please feel free to contact me at shubbard1@csustan.edu, #209-664-6939, or come by my office in Housing Village 1 #118.


Photo of Matt MoberlyMatt Moberly

Howdy! My name is Matt Moberly. I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of English specializing in professional writing. What in the world is that? Well, I teach students about workplace writing, grant writing, and designing beautiful documents. Who knew talking about fonts could be so fun!? When I’m not teaching, I enjoy binge watching TV shows (particularly trashy reality TV), playing board games, and spending time with friends and my dog Willie. I’m a graduate of CSU, Stanislaus and am originally from Manteca. If it wasn’t for the advising and mentorship I received during my time on this campus, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so I look forward to the opportunity to give back and help students any way that I can. Feel free to contact me at mmoberly@csustan.edu or stop by my office in DBH 268.


Photo of Dr. Paul James MorganPaul James Morgan

Hello, I’m Paul James Morgan. I'm a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender Studies. My academic research and interests centralize issues of work and labor, crafts, gender, and money to better understand the ways in which people use culture to navigate the economy. In my spare time, I’m a hobbyist potter who enjoys locally roasted coffee, vinyl records, thrift store hunts, bad TV marathons, and vegan baked goods.

I’m originally from Yuma, Arizona, so the Central Valley is very much like home. As such, I know quite well the trials and tribulations of coming out in an agricultural region that is separated geographically and culturally from a larger, urban metropolis.

I look forward to helping students as they navigate college life, explore LGBTQ+ life, and prepare for the time beyond Stan State in any way that I can. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at pmorgan1@csustan.edu or swing by my office in DBH 360 during my office hours (Mondays 9:15a-11:00a)


Photo of Dr. Dana NakanoDana Nakano

My name is Dana Nakano and I have been an Assistant Professor of Sociology here at Stan State since fall 2014. Professionally, my research takes an intersectional approach to race, immigration, sexuality, and the affective dimensions of citizenship (You can ask me what that all means at one of our events!). I also bring this approach to the courses I teach in sociological theory and methods, immigration, gender, and race and ethnic relations. Outside of work, I can be found relaxing in Oakland (where I live…but I am a So Cal boy at heart) or playing soccer with my LGBT soccer club, the San Francisco Spikes. I look forward to helping students navigate their unique college experiences as well as personal challenges that face LGBTQ+ young adults, particularly for LGBTQ+ folks of color. I know how important it is to build community and a sense of belonging. As a mentor, I hope to help students develop spaces and feelings of belonging that will enable them to live their best college life with academic success. So, for a good time (totally kidding), feel free to contact me at dnakano@csustan.edu, or Bizzini 213-G. Oh, and I also currently serve as co-director of the program with Rachel. In this capacity, I am happy to meet with and support any of the students in our program!

(The card in the photo reads: “PhD, an academic that has learned more and more about less and less, until they know everything about everything.” Accurate.)


Photo of Dr. Anita PedersenAnita Pedersen

My name is Dr. Anita Pedersen and I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Child Development. I love traveling (ask me about my trip to Japan!) and watching science fiction movies (Star Wars!) I live with my wife, baby daughter and two cats in Modesto. I enjoy advising and mentoring young people, and I am particularly interested in providing guidance and assistance to LGBTQIA students who may be facing similar issues that I faced as a young person. Looking forward to meeting you! Please contact me at apedersen1@csustan.edu, or (209) 664-6527 (but email is best)


Photo of Vicke SalisburyVickie Salisbury

My name is Vickie Salisbury, and I am a graduate of Stan State with a BS in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration.

I currently live with my wife and youngest son in Turlock. I work in Information Services which a part of the Office of Information Technology here at Stan State. When not on campus, I like to camp, hike, kayak, play board games, tinker with computers and robotics, and ride my trike. Having been brought up in a very conservative family, I know the struggles of finding yourself. I would love to be an ear to listen and help be the support a student needs to find their way. Feel free to cantact me at vsalisbury@csustan.edu.


Photo of Pam YoungPam Young

I’m Pam Young, and here I am with 3 of my 4 kids. Can you tell who is straight, who is bisexual, who is questioning? Because I am the kind of mom who is a good listener and easy to talk to, I also know that it’s not easy to talk to your own mom until you feel sure about what you want to say. If any of our LGBTQ students would like a mom—type person to talk to, I think I could be one. You can show up in email or in person before you even know what you hope for from a mentor. I am especially interested in being there for the not—sure—yet population. People need a place where it feels safe to think aloud with a listener who can help sort through the hard—to—talk—about stuff. Please contact me at pyoung1@csustan.edu, (209) 667-3361 (English department) or DBH 246.