A few dedicated members of LGBTQ+ and ally communities make the study possible,
but it’s your contributions that will make The PRIDE Study a success!
Darren Arquero, MA uses the power of storytelling to advance multidisciplinary research for strategic communications and impactful change. With a decade of nonprofit experience, he serves as the LGBTQ Communications Specialist for PRIDEnet.
Prior to joining the PRIDE team, Darren served as a Butler Koshland Fellow to Kate Kendell at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) where he focused on strategic messaging through a broad range of issues affecting LGBTQ people and their families, including nondiscrimination in employment and the transgender military ban under the Trump administration. Through NCLR’s Born Perfect campaign to end conversion therapy, Darren successfully secured coverage for conversion therapy survivors in national news and media outlets including The Advocate, Teen Vogue, and Colorlines.
Darren also served as a Research Fellow to Director john a. powell (lowercase spelling) at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, where he prepared public and private presentations for high-profile clients including the Ford Foundation and the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative under the Obama administration. Before the Haas Institute, he worked as a Network and Research Associate at Race Forward, writing as the primary author for the report “Better Together in the South: Building Movements across Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation."
Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Darren is also a communications consultant at the Arcus Foundation and an associate curator at the GLBT History Museum, and currently serves on the board of directors for the CHEER For Life Foundation in San Francisco. He earned his BA degree from Rice University and an MA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently a PhD candidate.
Darren is excited to develop and implement initiative-level digital community strategy and content aimed at educating and improving the physical, mental, and social health of LGBTQ and SGM communities with the PRIDE team.
Hanh Nguyen was born and raised in San Jose, California. As the daughter of refugee parents, she experienced disparities in health and privilege which motivate her to pursue a career at the intersection of medicine, public health, and social justice. She attended the University of California Davis where she graduated with a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. She returned to San Jose to work in education, health engagement, and outreach among the community she grew up in. She is now gaining clinical experience while working as a scribe at a hospital and health center. In her free time, she practices yoga, reads, eats, and helps facilitate a community for queer Christians.
Branden Barger is the program coordinator for the UCSF Office of Diversity & Outreach LGBT and Multicultural Resource Centers where he provides program, curriculum, and graphic design assistance in the centers’ efforts to increase visibility and inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented students, staff, and faculty throughout the UCSF health system and its various health professions training programs. Branden holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research from the UCSF School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Public Health. Branden partnered with The PRIDE Study as part of his graduate program to examine substance use health disparities and resiliencies among sexual and gender minorities and he continues to support these efforts as a volunteer research assistant with the Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Lab in the UCSF School of Nursing Department of Community Health Systems.
Rose Wong is a second-year MD student at Stanford Medicine, as well as an advocate for sexual and gender minority (SGM) communities and mental health de-stigmatization: she is a Point Foundation, George Benes Scholarship recipient for LGBT leadership in medicine. At the medical school, she currently focuses on creating safer spaces for vulnerability and honesty in medical education through the arts, teaching, and community-building: she is the founder of Stanford Medicine’s Vital Signs reflection groups, co-president of Stanford Medicine’s Arts Collective (SMAC), an NBIO-206 Neurosciences TA for the Stanford Science of Medicine course, and an Ears-4-Peers peer counselor for her fellow MD/MSPA students. In past lives, she had graduated with highest honors in English from the University of Connecticut Honors Program, and before then was recognized in the New York Times and other mainstream media organizations for her role in shaping admissions policies at Smith and other historical women’s colleges to become inclusive of transgender women. Her journey to medicine has included work in diverse non-profits like GLAAD, the national LGBT media monitoring organization, and SPARK, an intergenerational feminist organization dedicated to empowering women and rewriting heterosexist cultural narratives.
Rose is excited to bring her enthusiasm and dedication to learning to the PRIDE team: as a Medical Scholars grant recipient, she will be characterizing cardiovascular health profiles and risk in SGM communities using the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 cardiovascular health metric. She is professionally interested in clinical research on the long-term health outcomes of SGM people, medical education, as well as the fields of neurology and endocrinology.
The PRIDE Study thanks its former team members for their contributions: