Meet the Peer Educators

 

Ali 201403

Ali Longo, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Lavender Leader

Ali will be graduating this May with a BA in Psychology, and a double minor in Women’s Gender Studies and GLBTQ studies. She is a queer identifying ally to the LGBTQ community who enjoys theatre, performance art/poetry, sex education programming, community service, and traveling. She hopes to become an LGBTQ center director at a 4 yr. college in the future. 

   
Brennan 201403

Brennan McFarlane, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: he, him, his
Peer Educator | Lavender Leader | Student Assistant

Brennan is currently a senior at Montclair State University. He is studying history, with an interest in LGBTQ issues from per-modern times. Brennan hopes to enter a graduate school for history, as well as become an advocate for LGBTQ sex education. Brennan joined the LGBTQ Center to assist Montclair’s LGBTQ community with the belief that proactive community outreach and political advocacy are crucial.

   
Boyscout 201403 ‌

Boyscout Maguire, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Peer Educator 

Boyscout is a sophomore Film major at MSU. She tries to be very involved on campus as the Historian for Players as well as a Peer Educator for the LGBTQ Center. She is a long-standing ally for the LGBTQ community having been president of her high school GSA. This is Boyscout’s first year as a Peer Educator and she is very excited to work with the Center.

   
Carlos 201403 

Carlos Flores, Graduate Student
Pronouns: he, him, his 
Peer Educator 

Carlos is a first-year graduate student in the M.A program in Community Counseling at Montclair State University. Prior to attending Montclair State University, he received his Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of South Florida and worked as a grassroots community organizer in Tampa, FL. As a Peer Educator in the Center, Carlos leads a weekly discussion group focused on issues of particular importance to Queer People of Color (QPoC). Carlos is interested in multiculturalism, LGBTQ rights, and advocacy.

   
Ebony 201403

Ebony Jackson, Graduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers  
Peer Educator 

Ebony Jackson is a graduate student in the Counseling in higher Education/Student Affairs program here at Montclair State. She has been a Peer Educator at the LGBTQ Center for 3 years. She is currently on both the creative and administrative committees for the LGBTQ Center. She loves to educate everyone about LGBTQ issues and the community. In her spare time she likes to watch Netflix, listen to music, read and sleep. She enjoys the work that she and the rest of her Peer Educators do for the LGBTQ Center.

   
Ferd 201403

Ferdinando Palumbo, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: he, him, his
Lavender Leader 

Ferd is a student-veteran ally interested in social justice. He is a CAPS Empowerment Ambassador and the Attorney General of the SGA. He is a graduating senior going on to study social work.

   
Fred 201403 ‌‌

Fred Bunton, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: he, him, his  
Peer Educator Student Assistant

Fred is a sophomore Theatre Studies major, Musical Theatre minor, who is extremely honored to be a part of the LGBTQ Center. Fred joined the Center in hopes of helping as many people as possible; one hug at a time. Outside of the center, you can find Fred singing throughout campus, hanging out with friends in the city, studying hard at the Sprague Library, or playing piano in the practice rooms of Chapin Hall.

   
Glenn 201403 ‌ Glenn Dungan, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: he, him, his 
Peer Educator

Glenn Dungan is a sophomore at Montclair State University. He studies Psychology and Sociology and minors in Creative Writing. He hopes to obtain a Ph.D in Organizational Psychology or Clinical Psychology. He is very indecisive. Glenn joined the LGBTQ Center because he believes in equality for all. He doesn't like people limiting the rights of others and he believes in acceptance. In his spare time Glenn enjoys running his hand through his hair and chasing pigeons. He enjoys working in the Center and is inspired by his fellow Peer Educators. Glenn Dungan is a co-facilitator for Men's Group, a discussion group that meets weekly.

   
 ‌Jamie 201403

Jamie Sommer, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers 
Peer Educator | Lavender Leader 

Jamie Sommer is a senior at Montclair State University. She is a philosophy, sociology, and religion triple major with a minor in classics. As a Peer Educator and Lavender Leader at the LGBTQ Center, she wants to educate students on LGBTQ issues in order to promote change. She currently is the facilitator for the Womyn’s group and Coming Out group at the center. Jamie is also a 3rd year Community Assistant for Residential Education and Services and tutors at CADA for philosophy, sociology, religion, anthropology, and general humanities. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, writing, and playing the guitar.

   
JoD 201403 ‌‌

Johanna "JoD" Durazzi, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers 
Peer Educator | Lavender Leader 

Johanna is a peer educator and lavender leader at the LGBTQ Center. She is currently studying Political Science and she minors in both Sociology and GLBTQ studies. She thoroughly enjoys the experience of working with others, and embracing the diversity within us all. She is elated to see all of the positive changes our country is experiencing in regards to LGBTQ rights, and she's happy to be a part of the fight for equality. Johanna hopes to continue educating others about sex, gender, and diversity. She currently facilitates The Activist Forum, and is motivated to make the campus and the world a more LGBTQ friendly place.

   
 ‌‌Kristin 201403

Kristin Rossi, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers  
Peer Educator | Student Assistant

Kristin Rossi is a senior and a Graphic Design major. She applied to the LGBTQ Center because she is a proud Ally and wants to do anything she can to help out and better the program.  She is an artist and wants to apply her skill to the Center and make it beautiful! Since beginning to work at the Center, she has developed many of the logos and flyers that you see around campus. She hopes to gain more knowledge of the LGBTQ community and grow as a person through helping others. Kristin loves everyone, especially if you give her food.

   
Mateo 201403 ‌‌

Mateo Diaz, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: he, him, his 
Peer Educator 

Mateo is a sophomore student majoring in Communication and Media Arts. He is a peer educator at the LGBTQ Center, and he hopes to use his position to educate the MSU community and learn from it as well. He loves his position and loves standing up for what he believes in.

   
Michael 201403 ‌‌

Michael "MK" Klein, Undergraduate Student 
Pronouns: he, him, his  
Peer Educator | Student Assistant

Michael “MK” Klein is a junior Television and Digital Media major with a concentration in Electronic Journalism and a minor in journalism. MK is also the Vice President of Players and a Staff Writer for the Montclarion. He tries to incorporate his love for news and journalism into his work at the center. As a Peer Educator, MK facilitates Men’s Group on Wednesdays at 5:30 in the Center for Student Involvement, SC 104. He hopes to see you around and is excited for his future at the Center.

   
Nick 201403 ‌‌

Nick Weber, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: he, him, his 
Peer Educator
 Student Assistant

Nick is a senior at Montclair State University; he is pursuing a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. Involved on campus juggling many roles, he currently works for the Office of Residence Life, serves as the Secretary of LGBTQ Affairs for the SGA, works as the current Production Manager for Players, and takes the occasional nap.  As a Peer Educator, he looks forward to helping wherever he can holds a main goal of making a difference in at least one person's life. In his spare time, he enjoys being with friends, dancing, and just making people smile.

   
Patty 201403

Patty Francisco, Graduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Lavender Leader 

Patty Francisco is a graduate student of Montclair State University’s Counseling program with a Community concentration. Involvement with LGBTQ causes has been a passion of hers for several years. She is excited to educate, collaborate with, and advocate for the LGBTQ community here at MSU and eventually the community at large. 

   
Thea 201403 ‌‌

Theadora Lecour, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers 
Peer Educator 

Theadora is a sophomore Peer Educator who is very excited to be servicing the center another semester. She is passionate for the arts and strives to bring that diversity and creativity to the quality of experience at MSU’s LGBTQ Center.

   
Vern 201403 ‌

Veronica Schneider, Undergraduate Student
Pronouns: she, her, hers 
Peer Educator 

Veronica is a sophomore at MSU and is a Psychology major with a Criminal Justice minor. She ultimately plans to acquire a doctoral degree and possibly go into research. For the fall semester of 2014, Veronica plans to study abroad in Norway. In volunteering at the LGBTQ Center she hopes to learn more about the LGBTQ community and help make the Center a successful and helpful place. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing the Sims, and drinking tea.