Alumnus, community advocate Zoyer Zyndel dies at 34

Zoyer Zyndel

By Jefferson Beavers | Photo: Peter Maiden/Community Alliance

Zoyer Zyndel, a Fresno State alumnus known for his community volunteering and advocacy, particularly with the Central Valley’s LGBTQ communities, died in Fresno on Dec. 26. He was 34.

Zyndel’s far-reaching community service and activism embraced the intersections of ability, gender, sexuality, race and socioeconomic status, and how these areas connect with issues that impact people throughout the region, said Dr. Katherine Fobear, an assistant professor in Fresno State’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Zyndel was involved with initiatives including suicide prevention, homelessness, mental health and poverty.

Related: Campus friends remember Zoyer Zyndel on the College of Health and Human Services blog

Zyndel earned a master of social work degree and a humanics certificate in administration and leadership for community benefit organizations in 2017, and a bachelor’s in English literature in 2012, from Fresno State.


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