Staff

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 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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Kai Custodio, Programming and Events Coordinator

Kai Custodio is a 2nd generation Andean and Borikén musician and artist. Their work is an exploration of identity and self-expression in healing a legacy of oppression and fragment the ideas of social construct, patriarchy, latin tradition and colonial ideals — questioning what it means to be queer and trans in latin culture and euro-centric society. Kai’s creative work encompasses 15+ years of collaborative work, touring, performing and composing music and art. They were an organizer and curator of an arts and music festival celebrating Indigenous People’s Day.

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INTERNS

Ariel G. Mekler, Development and Strategic Planning Intern – 2019-2021

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 – 2021

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 2019-2021

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.


If you have general inquiries, you can contact the office via e-mail info@clags.org 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.

COVID 19 UPDATE – as the rest of CUNY we are currently closed for in person visits. All our programing is online. Send us an email with any questions.