Nicolas (Nic) Daily
Hometown: Grand Terrace, CA
College/University: University of Redlands/Oregon State University
Class: Graduate Student
Major/Area of Study: College Student Services Administration
What has been the most rewarding part of your experience with Campus Pride?
I have really appreciated my connection to big names in the field. I actually find myself connecting with people 2 & 3 years after camp, even though we only spent 4 or 5 days together. It really has been awesome.
How has what you’ve learned with Campus Pride benefited you personally?
Personally, I think that I have learned how to navigate difficult conversations about sexual orientation/identity beyond the LGBT identities and that has been very helpful in my personal life.
How have the skills or knowledge you’ve gained through your Campus Pride experienced assisted you in creating change on your campus or in you community?
After my participation in Campus Pride, I returned to my campus and helped make the campus a bit more accessible for Trans* students regarding housing and restrooms. It is a slow process, but we see movement.
What accomplishment — personally or at your student club, community organization, on your campus or elsewhere — makes you most proud? Why?
I was proud to be the first out gay student body president at my university. I felt that by having an out gay president, professors, trustees and administrators began to realize how necessary it is to have LGBTQQIA+ students and have them be student leaders across campus.
What would be your advice to another student looking toward creating change on their campus or in their community?
Stay in touch with your Camp Pride cohort members! It is a great way to not get too burnt out feeling like you’re fighting against a brick wall. Also, do your best to find a community of your own, a community of support. This way, if you have set-backs or disappointments, you have a network of people surrounding you to catch you when you fall.