Meet the Staff

Brian‌ 

Brian Edwards, M.S.Ed., Coordinator 
Pronouns: he, him, his 

Brian Edwards is the Coordinator of the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University. He earned his M.S.Ed. from the City University of New York (CUNY) at Bernard M. Baruch College and his B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College.  

In his role as Coordinator, Brian manages the Center and its staff/volunteers, develops and implements educational, cultural and social programming to improve campus climate, creates and organizes leadership opportunities for LGBTQA students, and coordinates outreach and training efforts to bring awareness to LGBTQ issues on- and off-campus.

Prior to MSU, Brian held various positions in student and academic affairs at such unique and diverse institutions as The Institute of Audio Research, Baruch College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Additionally, Brian has experience developing and facilitating arts programs for vocational schools, colleges and universities, and middle/high schools, and is very involved in the LGBTQ Community. He has worked with organizations including OUT Professionals, The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps, Marriage Equality New York/USA, and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Brian has been a member of The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals since 2009. 

When not at MSU, Brian is blogging, speaking publicly on issues relating to social justice and marriage equality, or making art. His favorite things to do include traveling, reading, and spending time with his husband.

   
 ‌Ali Longo

Alexis "Ali" Longo, Graduate Program Assistant
Pronouns: she, her, hers 

Ms. Longo is a graduate student in the Counseling in Higher Education/Student Affairs program here at MSU. She graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Psychology and a double minor in Women’s Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies in spring of 2014. She has a creative background in theatre, performance art and poetry, and has extensive experience in service learning and community engagement. She served as a Lavender Leader in the LGBTQ Center last year and facilitated sexuality workshops for middle/high schools and community organizations through the Masakhane Center in Newark. 

   
Ebony Jackson

Ebony Jackson, Graduate Program Assistant
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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 loves to educate everyone about LGBTQ issues. In her spare time she likes to watch Netflix, listen to music, read, dance, and sleep. She enjoys the work that she and the rest of the Peer Educators do for the LGBTQ Center.

   
Jennifer

Jennifer Portillo, Student Assistant
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Jennifer is a freshman who loves being a part of groups that bring joy and promote diversity. Being involved with the LBGTQ Center this year, she hopes to expand her creativity and meet amazing new people.

   
Josh

Josh McPherson, Student Assistant
Pronouns: he, him, his 

Josh is from Newark, NJ and is a freshman this year at MSU. Josh is an openly bisexual male and a intense supporter of the LGBTQ community who participated in LGBTQ support groups and workshops all throughout high school at the Hetrick Martin Institute and the North Jersey Community Research Initiative. As a new member of the MSU LGBTQ Center this year, he plans to further deliver support and assistance to the community.

   
Julian

Julian RosarioStudent Assistant
Pronouns: he, him, his  

Julian is a freshman majoring in Communication and Media Arts and hopes ti also complete a minor in Musical Theatre. He was born in the beautiful island of La Española, Dominican Republic and enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and bass, and singing. In high school, he was a member of the church choir and also played the piano for the Worship Team. He loves meeting new people and and learning about race and culture.