Tayler Hammond is a Criminology major at California State University, Long Beach. As a non-traditional student, she often struggled to balance working full time, and continuing her education. Last year, Tayler had the honor of being named a Point Foundation Community College scholar for the 2018/19 year. With Point’s support, Tayler was able to transfer to a university, a goal she worked towards for ten years. Tayler is honored to continue her relationship with Point Foundation as she continues earning her Bachelor’s degree.

Tayler worked at Mills College in East Oakland, California, where she leveraged her role as a staff member to serve as an advocate for LGBTQ+ students through the Mills Bridge Advocates Team (MBAT). Through her involvement with MBAT, Tayler helped arrange LGBTQ+ social events and Pride Week activities, volunteered during Lavender Graduation, and provided resources to faculty regarding pronoun usage and inclusive teaching techniques.

As a Criminology major, Tayler will seek answers to questions about crime as a social and behavioral phenomenon. Although Tayler would consider creating space for queer professionals in the FBI to be her ultimate career goal, she would be satisfied working in any position that allows her to continue to learn, be creative and curious, and serve communities that are in need of advocacy and resources.