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. They hold an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and M.A. in Theatre from CUNY Graduate Center via Brooklyn College.
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
Ariel G. Mekler, Development and Strategic Planning Intern – 2019-2020
Ariel G. Mekler is completing her doctorate in political science and women and gender studies. Her research interests include queer transnational scholarship, LGBTIQ rights, and international institutions. Before pursuing her PhD, Ariel worked as a graduate researcher with the inaugural LGBT policy unit at USAID. Since joining The Graduate Center, she has worked as an editorial assistant for philoSOPHIA: A journal of transContinental feminism and presented her research at the New York State Political Science Association and International Studies Association. Her most recent publication is in the Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies.
Patrick Buzzell, Educational and Training Intern – 2019 – 2020
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.
Donna Huaman, Fellowships Intern 2019-2020
Donna Huaman graduated from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2015 with a BA in International Criminal Justice and minor in Police Studies. There she grew her research interest in intersectional and international LGBTQ human rights issues, with a specific focus in 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 and has since been the program’s College Assistant.
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