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Meet the Staff

 

Our staff members strive to be advocates for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally community by facilitating collaborative relationships and communication between the student, faculty, staff, and the broader Bryan/College Station community.

Chad Mandala, Program Coordinator

Chad Mandala serves as the Program Coordinator for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University. He firmly believes education serves as the surest path toward liberation and self-actualization. He can often be found with a cup of coffee, a book, or trying to convince himself that carrot cake is, indeed, a vegetable. Prior to joining the Aggie family, Chad received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University. He also spent time supporting the fraternity and sorority community as well as the on campus residential population at Virginia Tech before tansitioning into his current role in Aggieland. Chad maintains an active membership in the Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Professionals and serves ACPA – College Student Educators International as the Chair for the Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals as well as the Member at Large, Entry Level, on the Governing Board. 

Codi Smith, Graduate Assistant

Codi Smith is a graduate assistant at the resource center who works with the intent of increasing awareness and education around intersectional identities within the LGBTQ community. She is a Columbus, Ohio native and completed her undergraduate studies in her home state at Miami University. There she completed a double major in Organizational Communications and East Asian Cultures and Languages, as well as studying abroad in Hong Kong, mainland China, and South Korea. Codi is a second-year Master’s Candidate at the Bush School of Government and Public Service pursuing the Nonprofit Management track. Prior to moving to Aggieland, Codi served in AmeriCorps for two years. After graduation she plans to continue leading a life of service and work for a non-governmental organization.

Olivia Corneau, Graduate Assistant 

Howdy! My name is Olivia Corneau and I am a Graduate Assistant for the resource center. I was born in Savannah, Georgia, but call Rockwall, Texas outside of Dallas, my hometown. I graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science double-major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Now, I am currently pursuing a Master of Science through the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program at Texas A&M University. Through my work in the resource center, I am able to fulfill my passion of educating and supporting student development and success. If I am not working resource tables around campus, giving educational presentations, or reading material for my classes, I am most likely snuggled up with my Great Pyrenees, Rudder, and watching Grey's Anatomy.

Samuel Vargas, Student Worker

Howdy! My name is Samuel Vargas and I am from the vibrant city of San Antonio, Texas. I am pursuing a B.S.in Communication with the hopes to go into counseling. I plan to go back to school for my Masters in Psychology and focus on helping those in the LGBTQ+ community. When I came to college four years ago (time really flies!), I had just come out to myself. I wasn't sure what to expect or if there would even be a community in or around Bryan/College Station. Then I found the GLBT Resource Center and I knew I was home. I have made so mnay incredible friends and found such unapologetic support here. I hope to continue this incredible condition and show other Aggies that the LGBTQ+ community does belong at Texas A&M.

Javier Morales, Student Worker

Howdy! My name is Javier Morales and I’m originally from Brownsville, TX, which yes is the birthplace of Harambe the gorilla. I’m currently pursuing a BS in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Sociology, and I plan to later obtain a PhD in Psychology. I’m still unsure as to what branch I will be going into, but I’m passionately considering Counseling Psychology and Neuropsychology. I love to be somewhere that allows me to give people something they need, a resource, directions (which I’m horrible at by the way since I have no sense of direction but I try), even something as seemingly simple like a listening ear (which can make all difference in the world). I’m also proud to say I’m a part of the Student Counseling HelpLine, A&M’s own line for anyone to call about anything that may be on their mind, so if you can’t visit the GLBT Resource Center and you need someone to talk to, give the HelpLine a call, “We’re here”. I hope I can give something to the community through the GLBT Resource Center, and I look forward to doing everything I can to make sure I do. I can’t wait to make this a great year!

Cooper Thompson, Student Worker

Howdy! My name's Cooper Thompson and I'm a junior International Studies and Telecommunications major from Plano. Texas, and. I'm the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2018 A-A-A-WHOOP! Around campus I'm involved in the Orchestra Club, where I play cello, and have been active in the LGBT community on campus since my freshman year. I'm really excited to finally be a part of the GLBT Resource Center and I'm ready for an amazing year!

 

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