Jon comes to NYU after serving 3 years as the Director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Georgia, where he was responsible for conceptualizing, developing, and overseeing the implementation of LGBTQIA education, outreach and advocacy programs. Prior to his time at the University of Georgia, his professional experience included positions in Wellness Education Services at the University at Buffalo, Enrollment Management at Central State University, 6 years of nonprofit work in the area of HIV/ AIDS Education, Outreach and Prevention, as well as a stint in electoral politics as a campaign staffer for then Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
Jon is a social justice educator and experienced student affairs practitioner committed to student success and providing safe sustainable spaces of self-discovery and life affirming student experiences. A member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, and past member of the planning committee for the National Creating Change Conference in Atlanta, GA, he also served on the board of directors of the Northeast LGBT Conference and as an executive board member for Athens Boybutante AIDS Foundation.
He is a native Ohioan and holds a bachelors degree in Journalism from Central State University and a masters in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University at Buffalo.
Jon is a self-professed theater nerd and political junkie. So in addition to hearing your thoughts on the initiatives and programs of the Center -- he'll also appreciate your recommendations for Broadway productions and perspectives on political happenings.
Lukas La Rivière
Lukas has been working at New York University's LGBTQ Student Center since June 2015. He received his BA in Philosophy at Warren Wilson College, where he was working prior to NYU. He is currently finishing up his Masters here at NYU in Social & Cultural Analysis, with a focus on environmental racism through industrial food systems in rural communities of color.
Before moving to NYC, Lukas lived in Asheville, North Carolina and grew up in the town of Fairfax, Vermont. Fun facts about Lukas is that he played on varsity football in High School, worked on a hog farm for two years, and is a Canadian citizen.
Reach out to Lukas if you have questions concerning programming, student clubs, workshops/trainings, social media and OUTPost, university policies and procedures, and anything else the Center does.
Also, feel free to swing by his office anytime!
Graduate Student Staff
Carol Đinh (she & they pronouns) is a queer Vietnamese-American low-income/working-class first-generation first year in the Higher Education Student Affairs Master's program in Steinhardt. She is from Orange County, California. Before NYU, she worked at the UCSB Multicultural Center where she sought to transform work that cultivates awareness, advocacy, and community building. She is interested in college access, persistence, and success of students of color (primarily queer Southeast Asian-Americans), social mobility, student development, and social justice movements and education. She is a proud Aquarius and Ravenclaw.
Steven Edwards (He/Him/His Pronouns) is a second year in the Higher Education Student Affairs Master's program in Steinhardt. He's from Duluth, Georgia and loves poetry, cooking, and hanging out with his cat. He is a Tauros, Slytherin, and a snappy dresser. Professionally, he's a cheery facilitator, presenter, and event planner.
Troizel is a black queer first year PhD student, focusing on the performative, sensualities of the slave ship hold during the Middle Passage, who has a deep love for his community and is unequivocally invested in the liberation and healing of those around him. he originates from California, but calls Atlanta, Georgia home. at the Center, his work focuses on facilitation, Queer and Trans students of color, and community building. he is a Sagittarius/Capricorn cusp and is as Gryffindor as he is Slytherin.