NY6 Spectrum Conference

Spectrum Conference Team

The NY6 Spectrum Conference has been planned and hosted by a team of dedicated volunteers. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

Amit Taneja, Conference Chair

Amit Taneja Amit Taneja is the director of Diversity & Inclusion at Hamilton College. His dissertation focuses on the intersection of race, class, gender and sexual orientation for LGBT students of color on historically white college campuses. He was a member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals executive board for five years, serving as co-chair from 2007-09. He is a consultant and speaker on a range of diversity issues. Amit served as the assistant director (2005-2007) and associate director (2007-2011) for the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center. He is eager to chair the NY6 Spectrum Conference Planning Committee, and looks forward to welcoming students from the NY6 campuses to Hamilton. Amit can be reached at ataneja@hamilton.edu, or 315-859-4252.

Stephanie Guzman, Graduate Assistant, Days-Massolo Center

Stephanie Guzman

Stephanie is currently a full-time graduate student at Syracuse University. She received her bachelor's degree in Family & Consumer Sciences from California State University, Northridge. Her work as an undergraduate student leader motivated her to enter the field of student affairs in higher education. Stephanie is the Graduate Assistant at the Days-Massolo Center and works closely with multicultural student organizations, and implements programs and workshops that promote diversity and inclusion. As a strong ally, Stephanie wanted to participate in planning the first NY6 Spectrum Conference because she believes it is important to make connections among LGBTQIA communities. She can be reached at sguzman@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4537.

Courtney Witherspoon, Graduate Intern, Days-Massolo Center

Courtney is a student affairs professional at Utica College and a master's student at Syracuse University. She is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., and is a loyal Buffalo sports fan. When she's not cheering for the Bills or Sabres, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and dancing. Courtney considers herself as an ally. She can be reached at cewither@utica.edu

AnnaMaria Cirrincione, Graduate Intern, Days-Massolo Center

AnnaMaria was born in Queens, NY and moved to the Central NY area when she was in middle school. She attended Utica College and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics in 2010. After working at Utica College for about three years, first as an Assistant Director of Admissions, covering travel in the NYC, DC and MD areas and then as a counselor in Opportunity Programs, AnnaMaria decided that she wanted to further her career and education in Student Affairs and go back to school for her Masters. She is currently one of the Graduate Assistants in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Syracuse University and is pursuing her Master of Science in Higher Education at Syracuse University as well. AnnaMaria is also Greek and was part of the Spring 2010 founding line of her sorority’s chapter at Utica College. AnnaMaria is currently doing her practicum and interning in the Days-Massolo Center at Hamilton College. AnnaMaria’s goal is to continue to promote diversity, education, professionalism and leadership on college campuses.

Milinda Ajawara '16

Milinda Ajawara is a member of Hamilton's class of 2016. She is a biology major focused on pre-health with an intended career in women’s health. She was born in Nigeria, Africa, and raised in Anaheim, Calif. Milinda considers herself an ally of the LGBTQ+ community because she believes in equality and human rights. She can be reached at majawara@hamilton.edu.

Jake Blount '17

Jake Meserve Blount is a first-year student at Hamilton and is leaning toward American studies and music majors.  He led his high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, served as a public speaker on LGBT issues and has been involved in several diversity conferences in different capacities.  He looks forward to being a part of the NY6 Spectrum Conference. Jake can be reached at jblount@hamilton.edu.

MJ Lugo '16

MJ Lugo currently serves as one of two co-chairs for the Hamilton College Rainbow Alliance. She hopes to major in gender and sexuality studies at Hamilton, with a focus on issues regarding gender, sexuality, race and class. She is looking forward to having students of the NY6 campuses on The Hill and even more enthusiastic about helping plan their experience here. MJ can be reached at mlugo@hamilton.edu.

Ryan Ong '16

Ryan Ong is a sophomore and intends to double major in mathematics and economics. Aside from his academics, Ryan is a new student orientation leader, a member of Rainbow Alliance, a member of the Hamilton College Choir, treasurer of Philanthropy Committee, class of 2016 treasurer, and co-chair of Cultural Affairs Committee. He is from Diamond Bar, Calif., a suburban city east of Los Angeles. Ryan enjoys long walks on the beach, TV shows (GG, Breaking Bad, Suits, Downton Abbey, HIMYM), Bikram Yoga, shopping and dogs. Ryan looks forward to meeting LGBTQ+ peers from other NY6 schools. Ryan can be reached at rong@hamilton.edu.

Naomi Tsegaye '16

Naomi Tsegaye is a sophomore at Hamilton who hails from Boston, Mass.  Although she has not yet been involved much in the LGBTQIA community, she is very interested in learning how to be a better ally. On campus she is involved in the Black and Latino Student Union and the Womyn's Center. She looks forward to hearing Laverene Cox speak. Naomi can be reached at ntsegaye@hamilton.edu.

Kassandra Zaila '15

Kassandra Zaila is a junior biology major at Hamilton College. As a proud ally of the LGBTQIA community, she was eager to participate in the conference's planning committee. Her role in the planning committee was as the catering coordinator; however she is currently studying abroad and is not able to participate in the conference. She would like to welcome all students to the Hamilton community and hopes that every student attending the NY6 LGBTQIA spectrum conference enjoys themselves. Kassandra can be reached at kzaila@hamilton.edu.