Staff

Justin T. Brown, Executive Director (He/Him)

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.

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Jasmina Sinanović, Director of Finance and Development (They/Them)

Jasmina Sinanović teaches at 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. They hold an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and M.A. in Theatre from CUNY Graduate Center via Brooklyn College.

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Donna Huaman, Administrative Associate (She/Her) 

Donna Huaman graduated from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2015 with a BA in International Criminal Justice and a minor in Police Studies. There she grew her research interest in intersectional and international LGBTQ human rights issues, with a specific focus on the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. She continued her studies in the MA in Liberal Studies (MALS) program with a concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality at the CUNY Graduate Center. She graduated from MALS in 2019.

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Patrick Buzzell, Educational and Training Intern, 2019 – (He/Him)

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.

 

Finnoula Rose Hughes, Media Intern Spring 2022 (She/Her)

Finnoula or Finn Hughes is a fierce advocate for the trans community. This past spring, she graduated at age 28 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Her activism for trans and queer student visibility within the CUNY system is one of the legacies she holds dear. Now that she’s done with school, her goal is to combine her passions for advocacy and media production in her future work. Finn has a passion for learning about queer history and working at CLAGS and learning about its history has been one of her favorite places to nerd out!

  

 

Pranabes Probeshika Dutta- Pro, Development and Outreach Intern 2021-2022 (They/Them)

Pranabes Probeshika Dutta- Pro  is a graduate student of Economics at the Graduate Center, CUNY and is in the race to become the first trans-identifying economist from India. They have grown up in Calcutta and Delhi in India where they have worked closely with deprived transgenders and trans sex workers. They have also been an active member of queer groups of Indian universities they have studied and worked in where they have been involved with outreach and counseling activities.

 

CJ Barnes – Outreach Intern Summer 2022 (He/Him)

CJ is a senior at NYU majoring in English and Dramatic Writing and minoring in Dramatic Literature and Performance Studies. CJ is writing his undergraduate thesis on the intersection of contemporary queer performance and the internet, pondering the existence of a post-queer identity (whatever that means). After graduation, CJ hopes to continue his studies in the pursuit of a graduate degree.

Michael Grant(He/Him)- Media Intern Fall 2022

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Rowan University. He wrote his Final Essay for his Senior Seminar in International Studies course on global problems affecting the social welfare of Syrian refugees. Michael is currently enrolled in George Washington University’s Graduate Certificate in Gateway to Computer Science program. In the future, Michael wants to write a book based on insights from personal experience, histories, and theories of critical race and queer studies. 

 

 

 


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