Graduate Students 2014



Justin Boese: Justin Boese graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Health Education and a minor in Sexuality Studies. He is interested in the use of liberation education, community building, and personal narrative to empower LGBTQ youth, and he is passionate about the development of modern, comprehensive, and inclusive sex education curricula. Justin has worked for the California Department of Education, the STD Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health, and Gay-Straight Alliance Network. He has also worked as a peer sexual health educator on campus at SFSU.

Christopher Cormier: Christopher graduated with a BS in Psychology from Georgia State University. While attending school he traveled to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to study the Psychological causes and consequences of terrorism. His research interests include masculinity and education. After completing his program he intends to pursue a PhD in a related field.


Christine GonzalezChristine received her BA in Political Science from the University of California San Diego. She has spent the last two years teaching sexuality education to students in middle school and community organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Christine is dedicated to researching and addressing cross-cultural experiences of adolescents as they transition into sexually literate adults. She is especially interested in LGBTQ youth and hopes to continue to work with them and their families.



Mitch Hymowitz: Mitch is a Long Island native who received his BS in Communication Studies and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta. He is the Founder of the SUNY Pride Conference, which was established with the purpose of helping the 65 SUNY campuses become more inclusive and au courant with each other’s policies, facilities, accessibilities, and trainings. Mitch’s research interests include sexual identities amongst folks with diverse genders, LGBTQ* folks and aging, and trans-misogyny. Mitch intends to continue on to his MBA and then PhD in Human Sexuality Studies.


Lexus Killingsworth: Lexus Treasure Killingsworth graduated from the Mississippi University for Women with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Music. Her research interests include but are not limited to sexuality in children with disabilities, sexual orientation in youth from the southern half the United States and maximizing advocacy efforts for the LGBTQ community. She intends to earn her Ph.D in a related field



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Crystal Madriles: Crystal Madriles is a San Diego native. She received her BA in Sociology from California State University San Marcos. She believes in social justice for racial and sexual minority communities through research, public higher education, and counseling. Her ultimate professional goal is to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, but as an ally for racial and sexual minority communities, which she feels is needed in the counseling profession, and in society. She is inspired to research more in-depth the LGBTQ community of people of color, and how the micro aggressions they experience shape their everyday lives. She hopes such research could transform communities, neighborhoods, policies, and laws for lasting social change. Specifically, she wishes to pursue a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies to investigate counseling issues in the LGBTQ Latino/a community. Outside of the university she is interested in life and spirituality, music, reading, cats, and watching supernatural movies or shows.



Roe McDermott: Roe McDermott is a journalist and Fulbright Scholar from Dublin, Ireland. Roe holds a BA in English, Philosophy & Women’s Studies from University College Dublin and a Masters in Journalism from Dublin City University. Roe is the film editor for Hot Press, Ireland’s most respected politics & arts magazine. She also writes features, reviews and column for a number of publications, and is a sex columnist for the feminist pop culture site Roe is also working with an Irish youth organisation to create an empowering sex ed course for teenagers. Through her journalism, Roe is hoping to increase awareness surrounding not only the representation of sexuality in the arts, but to progress Ireland’s social policy surrounding LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and State-provided sex education.  



Cameron Michels: Cameron Michels is a Seattle native who graduated from Whitman College with a BA in sociology. She is extremely passionate about reproductive justice- she has volunteered and worked for Planned Parenthood and NARAL Prochoice Washington. She is especially interested in sex education and sex positivity- Her undergraduate thesis was on racial minority and gender inclusion in sex education curricula. Outside of the classroom, she loves watching and participating in sports, reading, and cats. 



Reed Milliard: Reed is a Pennsylvania native who earned their B.A. in Communication Studies: Broadcasting and a minor in Women Studies from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. During their time at ESU, Reed worked at the campus's LGBTQA Program Center for two and a half years and ran the LGBTQ student organization for three years. Their interests lie within the intersectionality of trans* issues, sexuality, gender, and feminism. Reed hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in a related field, become a professor, and help educate people on queer issues. 



Jamie O'QuinnJamie graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Education. She is interested in researching the deconstruction of normative sexual and gender identities, as well as the ways in which political actors in the U.S. attempt to reinforce such identities through social policy. She wishes to continue on to a PhD program in Sociology.



David Quevedo: David is a San Francisco native who graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach with a BS in Nursing. He is interested in sexual education and reproductive health facilities, especially among Latino youth. He hopes to incorporate sociological and medical knowledge of sexual health in a clinic setting.



Alexandra Sotiriadis: Sandra recently graduated from SFSU with a BA in Health Education and a minor in Sexuality Studies. She works as a sexual health educator in local high schools, and is passionate about teaching young people. She is interested in studying adolescent sexual health and relationship trends, and hopes to use her experience in this program and as a teacher to create an effective, comprehensive sexual education curriculum in the future.