Justin T. Brown, Executive Director

Justin T. Brown Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY where his teaching primarily centers on courses in public health and human services. Dr. Brown’s background mainly resides in the areas of program development and intervention evaluation. His collaborative research focuses on addressing health inequities among persons of color, LGBT, youth, and those populations at the intersection through asset-based approaches. Prior to CLAGS, Dr. Brown was the Deputy Director of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity and worked for several years running one of the only national social service agencies dedicated exclusively to working with LGBTQ youth of color. Brown completed his doctoral training with a health concentration in the Critical Social-Personality Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Phone: (212) 817-1956  Email

Jasmina Sinanović, Director of Finance and Development

Jasmina Sinanović teaches at the Communications, Arts and Sciences Department at the Bronx Community College and Anthropology, Gender Studies and International Studies Department at the City College by day and is a performing/theatre artist by night. Their research interests are in queer, performance and postcolonial theory as well as the study of the idea of Balkanism. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and M.A. in Theatre from CUNY.

Phone: (212) 817-1957 Email

Syd Baloue, Events and Programming Coordinator

Syd Baloue graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and pursued public policy research as a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Scholar and Transatlantic Fellow in Berlin, Germany from 2011-2014 before completing a dual-degree masters in Urban Policy at the Paris Institute for Political Studies and the London School of Economics from 2015-2016. Syd’s background in social, racial and eco-justice policy-based work laid a foundational bedrock for his creative interests. A voracious traveler and active member of the Ballroom Community who is fluent in French and German, writing is the through-line of all his work.

After trying to bridge his work in an academic setting and as a cultural producer, Syd left his PhD in Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 as he realized that storytelling through film and television was the best medium to share stories and connect people across continents, cultures and time. As someone rooted in diaspora and interested in traversing its intersecting lines, Syd is excited to create space for the compelling beauty and complexity of different life perspectives in events and programming at CLAGS.

Phone: (212) 817-1958 Email

Patrick Buzzell, Educational and Training Intern Spring 2018

Patrick Buzzell is a graduate from LIU Brooklyn with a Masters in Education, concentration in adolescent special education.  Patrick is currently a PhD student in the Urban Education Program at CUNY Graduate Center, with a focus on policy and leadership.  His previous experiences have included work as a NYC public high school special educator, Gay/Straight Alliance facilitator, and volunteer work with LGBTQIA+ nonprofits.  He is looking forward to teaching at a CUNY institute and having the opportunity to advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth as part of his research and field work.

Adric Tenuta, Events and Development Intern Summer 2018 

Adric Tenuta is a rising Junior at Emory University. He studies English, creative writing, and women’s gender and sexuality studies. His research interests are in the work of Essex Hemphill, trans poetics, and postcolonial theory.

Di Wang, Scholar in Residence Spring 2018

Di Wang is a feminist researcher and advocate from China. She is a PhD candidate of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin−Madison, with a focus on SOGIESC rights, legal mobilization and social policy. Her research has been informed by her ten-year experience as a women’s and LGBTQ rights advocate. Using family rights as a focal point, her dissertation investigates the globalization of LGBTQ rights, with an empirical focus on two powerful states – China and the United States. Her work is committed to research-based advocacy and the advancement of analytical tools for social change. She has worked on projects that evaluate the impact of law on women’s and LGBTQ rights in China and in the U.S. with organizations like Open Society Foundations, PILnet, Gender Equality Advocacy and Action Network (GEAAN) and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

If you have general inquiries, you can contact the office via e-mail or telephone (212) 817-1955. Our office is open at different times on different days so please let us know if you would like to visit.