Welcome New Board Members

ANTHONY ESCOBAR is a singer, actor, and producer living in New York City. He most recently performed in Melange A Trois, a cabaret
at The Duplex Theater in December 2008. He has worked on several independent films in New York and was a voice-over character for
playwright/novelist Jessica Hagedorn’s animated series “The Pink Palace” which aired on the Oxygen Network. Originally from Chicago,
Anthony moved to New York City in 1993 to attend NYU and received his degree in English. He has studied acting with HB Studios,
Stuart Rogers, and The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. In addition to his acting career, Anthony is the Director of Development
Planning and Administration at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Formerly, he worked for a literacy foundation as well as the Asian/
Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at NYU.
MARYSOL ASENCIO is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut-Storrs with a joint appointment in Human Development
and Family Studies and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. Her research interests involve: Latina/os sexualities; gender; race/ethnicity; migration/
transnationalism; sexual and reproductive health; health disparities; social inequities; and qualitative research methods. She is part of
the founding/executive board for CLARO (Connecticut Latina/os Achieving Rights and Opportunities) which is an emerging social justice
group for Latina/o gender/sexual minorities and their allies. She also serves on the International Editorial Board of the journal, Sexuality
Research and Social Policy. She was a 2003 Social Science Research Foundation-Sexuality Research-post-doctoral fellow.
Dr. Asencio’s research and scholarship has been funded by local, national, and federal agencies and foundations including the Anthony
Marchionne Foundation and the Neag Cancer Center at UConn for her current study on gay men and prostate cancer. She has also been internally
and externally funded for her recent research on migrant Puerto Rican sexual minorities. She has authored a book, Sex and Sexuality
among New York’s Puerto Rican Youth (2002) as well as articles on Latina/os and/or sexuality. Her most recent articles include co-authorship
of “Migration, Gender Conformity, and Social Mobility among Puerto Rican Sexual Minorities in Sexuality Research and Social Policy” (in
Press), “Prostate Health and Gay Men in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies” (in Press), “Introduction to Mapping Latina/o Sexualities
Research and Scholarship in the volume Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices” (in Press), and “Feminism and Gender
Equity in a Low-Income Puerto Rican Stateside Community: From Academics to Practice in Guidance & Counselling” (2006).
Dr. Asencio directed a Ford Foundation-funded research project examining Latina/o sexualities. She is the editor of the forthcoming volume,
Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices and Policies, which is one of the outcomes of that project. She was also an organizer of
Race/Sex/Power: New Movements in Black and Latina/o Sexualities – a national conference recently held in Chicago, IL.