Title IX Coordinator and Staff
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Title IX Coordinator
It can be intimidating to tell your story and share your experiences with an individual that you do not know. I want to communicate to those wishing to tell their story or seek support, that the Title IX office is a safe, autonomous, and non-judgmental environment.
Regardless of your experience or choices, you will be respected, treated equitably, and provided resources and support. As the Title IX Coordinator, I consider the opportunity to sit with others and get a glimpse into their lives, a privilege.
My work both on-campus and off-campus has been focused on education, prevention, and solution to the issues of violence that we face as a community. I am entering my 8th year of being a member of SUNY Plattsburgh community and when I am not here on campus serving in my role as Title IX Coordinator or teaching in the GWS department, I am home in the country with my six children.
A little bit about me: A graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. As a local to the area, I have had the opportunity to work in different settings and with different populations in the community.
Professional Staff and Interns
Wellington Bermudez (Intern)
My name is Wellington Bermudez and I am a sophomore here at SUNY Plattsburgh, my major is criminal justice and I am one of the interns for RADIUS.
Since High School I have been trying to make sure that every other person feels safe in the environment they are in.
During my second semester I found out about the RADIUS Program, and I thought this would be away for me to educate and support what RADIUS stands for as a program.
Meghan Corrigan (Intern)
She is a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh and is an intersectional, transnational feminist. She got involved with the Title IX office to help better understand the problems facing the SUNY Plattsburgh campus as well as to gain experience in coming up with solutions that help create safer and more comfortable environments in which people’s voices are heard and valued.
She hopes to continue be involved with social justice after graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Jessica Erickson (Intern)
Jessica is a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh majoring in sociology with a minor in psychology, and strongly goes by and believes everyone is considered a friend no matter their
walk of life.
She has an open mind and is always willing to see and understand both sides of the picture. She believes in equality for everyone and that people deserve second chances, because we are only human and of course no one is perfect.
Jessica got connected with the Title IX office to get a better feel and understanding of the campus. Her goal is to help out as much as she can, and to gain experience.
Her goal is to get a masters in Social Work and to work with kids in a school setting.
Lexus Gomez (Intern)
A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Lexus looks forward to working with Title IX to help continue their mission to increase sexual assault awareness and ultimately create a safer campus that is inclusive to students of all backgrounds and identities.
After college, she hopes to find similar work focused on women's rights as well as with an environmental protection organization.
Hayden Hanson (Intern)
Hayden Hanson (He/him) graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in May 2018 and will be returning to campus as a Title IX intern for the fall and spring semesters this year.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in gender and women's studies and served as the treasurer for CWC during his time at university. Hayden wants to
help spread and promote equality and increase sexual assault awareness throughout
all aspects of SUNY Plattsburgh and that's why he has chosen to come on board as a
Title IX intern.
During his free time Hayden enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing with his dogs, being a cat dad, and roasting marshmallows over campfires in attempt to make the perfect s'more.
Essence Hightower (Intern)
Essence is currently beginning her sophomore year at SUNY Plattsburgh. Although she is a Title IX intern, she also holds other positions in KINKS and NBLSA.
She is a black feminist who promotes equality in all aspects. She prefers to spell the word “woman” with a “y.” She majors in sociology and aspires to be a human rights attorney. Her favorite quote by Roseanne Barr is, “What womyn have yet to learn is, you don’t ask for power - you just take it.” She loves philosophy and is always up for a debate.
Michael Hudlin is a Junior at SUNY Plattsburgh from Trinidad and Tobago.
As a music major, he aims to become a prolific choral conductor; he is the assistant conductor of the Concert Choir. He is also the Vice-President of Club International
Michael’s goal as a Title IX and RADIUS volunteer is to lend support to those who seek it. He wishes to educate the students from his experiences and hopes to create an environment of inclusion and holistic development.
Alexandra Jacone (Intern)
"Being a part of the Title IX team this year means a lot to me. It's empowering to work with people that share a common goal and similar values. In January of 2017, I helped run a Battered Women's program in La Carpio, Costa Rica, and applied for this internship the second I got back to campus. This will be my second year as a member of the frisbee team and first year as treasurer for French club. I work as a CNA in the Kingston hospital on a medical/surgical floor. When I graduate from the nursing program and get a few years of experience, my dream is to work for Hamlin Fistula, a medical group that cares for women from rural Ethiopia that suffer from obstetric fistulas, a pregnancy complication. I love working with Title IX because their goals are oriented towards the well-being of others, reaching out in many different ways."
Alexis Larreategui (Intern)
Hello, I am Alexis Larreategui and I am an Awareness and Outreach Intern.
Entering college I knew that I wanted to make a difference before I graduated, and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to be a part of Title IX. As an intern and as a student my main goal is to help educate more people on this campus about Title IX and its policy. I also aim to create a safe and caring environment for everyone on campus and with the help of an amazing Title IX team I know that this can be accomplished.
So, a little about me: I am a current sophomore pursuing a bachelors degree in environmental studies and philosophy. My dream is to become an environmental lawyer so that I can help create a brighter and greener world for future generations. When I am not studying or doing homework you can find me in a club meeting or at the gym. Some of my other hobbies include reading, writing poetry, drawing, mixed martial arts, and watching TV.
Zyaijah Nadler (Staff)
Hey everyone! I'm Zyaijah Nadler, SUNY Plattsburgh's Title IX Violence Prevention Education and Outreach Coordinator (long title haha, I know). Originally, from Rockland County, NY. The "not upstate, but we call it upstate area."
I decided to return to Plattsburgh because although I did a lot during my three years, there was still a change that needed to be made. As one of the few black women in a professional role at Plattsburgh, I understand how critical having an intersectional lens is. This lens allows me to actively listen to the experiences of others, and work to create action plans. I want to accomplish more than just conversations.
If you are inclined to do the same and want to actively work to better the lives of underrepresented members in our community, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or 518-564-2098
Ha Nguyen (Intern)
I’m Ha Nguyen (they/them), a RADIUS Intern. As of Fall 2018, I’m a Junior at SUNY Plattsburgh, majoring in finance, with minors in mathematics and sociology. I strive to study across fields to accumulate inter-disciplinary knowledge, so as to be able to look and think from different perspectives.
No science is based on “common sense”; I learn to question my everyday thinking. I try to get involved in campus activities and organizations, which are as diverse as my academic interests: I’m the E-board member of AFA (Accounting and Finance Association), Maths Club, SUNY Plattsburgh Cares, DSSAG, The Rotaract Club, and more. I think of myself as an Intersectional Feminist.
Being a part of Title IX and a RADIUS Intern will help me gain insights on how to raise community’s awareness on various gender-related issues, how to reach out and offer help effectively. I believe in each individual’s considerable power to interfere and help, even though gender issues are systemic and large-scale, each one can make a difference in someone’s life.
I hope in the future I can work with marginalized groups of people in doing business (corporations, franchise, employment in manufacture fields), so as to include all in the joint crusade for progress and better life.
Noel Ovalles (Intern)
I've always wanted to help marginalized groups. It's an innate reaction towards people that have been forced into positions of being disadvantaged just by being who they are.
I grew up in a Hispanic household. I'm the oldest of six siblings and I'm from Harlem, so I've been in an environment that has been surrounded by bleakness and impoverishment that none of the groups that live in these communities were meant to be a part of. Which also another driving factor: to be a part of an amazing group that is solely focused on helping people.
I'm also apart of Plattsburgh Cares, a phenomenal club that works towards a goal of unification of all people, due to our collective drive to see that everyone who has the ability to breath has the foundational right to be respected and cared for.
Smit Pujara (Intern)
Smit is an international student from Ahmedabad, India. He is a junior majoring in marketing, international business, and business administration with a minor in canadian studies. Smit serves as the Title IX Social Media Intern.
Apart from Title IX, Smit holds positions in clubs like SUNY Plattsburgh Cares and American Marketing Association along with being the Head Resident Assistant of Macdonough Hall. Smit is a Social Justice activist who stands up to fight injustice whenever needed.
His favorite quote is by Mahatma Gandhi, "Be the change you want to see in the world." He loves talking to people and is always down to eat food.
Katherine Roos (Intern)
Additionally, I am the president of SUNY Plattsburgh's Women's Studies Honor Society, Iota Iota Iota, as well as a TA in the Gender and Women's Studies Department. As an intersectional feminist, activism and equality are a core part of my beliefs so I really support what Title IX is doing for our school and community. I am very excited to be working with such an important department on our campus.
In addition to feminist studies and social equality, my interests include makeup, working out, and dogs.
Roshni Thomas (Intern)
Roshni is a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh and a new addition to the team of Title IX interns.
Through her time as an intern, she will become an ally on campus and educate not only herself, but other students of the value of Title IX.
She is a feminist with an interest in social justice and promoting education
As a future English teacher, she hopes to teach her own students about equality and create a classroom environment of acceptance and awareness of social injustices.
Jahfarie Wisdom (Intern)
Not only is Jahfarie a Title IX volunteer, but he is a part of the SUNY Plattsburgh gospel choir where he sings tenor. He is a Jamaican who believes in equality, unity, and fairness right across the spectrum. He stands by the words of Mohandas Gandhi which says, “No two leaves are alike, and yet there is no antagonism between them or between the branches on which they grow.”
His goal is to provide support to everyone and to make them aware of their rights under the Title IX law. Jahfarie is a free-spirited person who you can sit and chat with at any time; he’s all ears and will give you the best advice he can give.