Meet the Staff


Kay Wong, M.A.


Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Kay Wong (they/them) is a queer, mixed race, passionate, and genuine individual born and raised in Southern California. They attended Colorado State University for their Bachelors in Communication Studies and the University of Connecticut for their Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Using an anti-racist, queer, intersectional feminist lens, they have a variety of professional experiences, including serving as the San Diego State University Pride Center Coordinator and Assistant Director prior to their current role. Outside of work, Kay can be seen laughing outdoors, engaging in joyful movement such as hiking, yoga, rollerblading, and dancing. Kay also competitively runs and paddles on a dragon boat team. To slow down, Kay enjoys cooking, reading, writing, playing bananagrams, caring for their plants, and talking about pink iguanas.


Amanda Beardsley, Ph.D.

Cayleff & Sakai Faculty Scholar

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Beardsley received her Ph.D. in Art History from Binghamton University in 2019 and is a lecturer in Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. Her interdisciplinary research, alongside her passion for teaching and mentorship, has led her to develop courses on gender, science, and religion; the art of medicine; feminist media theory and activism; sound studies; and art history. She has published articles in Technology and Culture and Nineteenth Century Studies that address the gendered implications of architectural acoustics and visual media within American religion, and is in the process of co-editing a forthcoming anthology on Latter-Day Saint art with Oxford University Press. Amanda is a fan of cats, sci-fi, and the beach.

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Allison Newlee, M.S., PPS

Assistant Coordinator

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Allison appreciates meaningful time spent with chosen family, including their two cats Marceline and Peridot. They also enjoy hiking, any kind of body of water, playing games, rollerblading, traveling, exploring new places, cooking and eating food, and watching TV shows. Allison graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Child Development, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Ethnic Studies, and from SDSU in 2022 with an M.S. in Counseling and an emphasis in School Counseling. They have a number of passions, including advocating for the rights of K-12 students, making the high school to college transition more accessible, breaking down the sex binary, educating about comprehensive sexual health education, and drawing attention to the long history of queerness prior to colonization.

Meet the Student Staff Members (coming soon)