The Team

Matthew Barcus, M.A.

Program Manager- LGBTQ+ Education & Support

Matthew was born and raised in Iowa’s fourth largest city, Sioux City.  During undergraduate work he focused on social psychology with research emphases in sexuality and gender, aging, prejudice/bias, and cheating behaviors. As a graduate student he worked in the library, in residence life, as a teaching assistant, and at the Office for Diversity. Prior to accepting the position at Gonzaga University, Matthew was the Coordinator of Sexual and Gender Diversity at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.  Matthew began working at Gonzaga in 2016 and was interested in doing LGBTQ+ education and support at a mission driven institution devoted to social justice aligned with his Catholic faith. His passion is for the affirmation and liberation of people from any and all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Matthew enjoys movies, reading, concerts, stand-up comedy, theater (especially musicals), swimming, playing Pokémon Go, and picking huckleberries.

If I were day of the week I would be Sunday because it is still part of the weekend, so it can be relaxing, focused on reflection, rest, and spirituality, but if you are busy preparing for the week ahead; a mixture of fun, social, anxiety, and potential.

Pronouns: He, him, his
Phone: 509-313-5847
E-mail: barcus@gonzaga.edu


Joseph Coppock

Undergraduate Assistant

Joseph loves working at the LGBTQ+ Center because he gets to meet and engage with diverse people, actively work to improve Gonzaga’s culture, and develop his identities through further education. Working here has given him the opportunity to present at conferences, learn Photoshop, and meet numerous influential people. His hobbies include video games, exploring, listening to music, and watching documentaries.

If I was a day of the week I would most definitely be Thursday. Thursday is a pretty fluid day. Sometimes Thursday is business as usual, let’s get stuff done. But other times Thursday, is part of the weekend, so let’s kick it back and enjoy ourselves.

Pronouns: He, him, his


Andrew Briseno

Undergraduate Assistant

Andrew is a biology major with a minor in psychology. He grew up in Folsom California. He decided to work for the LGBTQ+ resource center because he wanted an opportunity to expand his own education while also helping to provide a safe space for queer students and allies.

If I were a day of the week, I would be Thursday, because that’s when the best tv shows air.

Pronouns: He, him, his


Evelyn Elston

Undergraduate Assistant

Evelyn is a sophomore currently working towards a degree in business administration and public relations. In their free time they enjoy playing video games like Minecraft and Stardew Valley, as well as working on creative writing and theater projects. They currently serve as treasurer and as 1/3 of council for Gonzaga’s improv troupe, GUTS. Working for the center is rewarding for them because they enjoy facilitating community building for fellow queer students on campus.

If I were a day of the week, I would be Tuesday because I'm just getting started.

Pronouns: They, them, theirs


Contact Us

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave
Spokane, WA. 99258-2513
Phone: (509) 313-5760
Email: lgbtq@gonzaga.edu

Hours & Location:

M-F 9AM - 5PM
Hemmingson Room 213