Meet Our Title IX Interns

Fredrica Appau

Photo of Frederica AppauFredrica is beginning her second semester as an intern for the Title IX office with a focus on social media and the SUNY Plattsburgh Title IX campaign set to launch in spring 2016.

"My name is Fredrica, I like to be called Freddy because people tend to mispronounce my name. I am a senior public relations major with minors in English and psychology, and I am currently a Head Resident Assistant at Hood Hall. My career goal is to someday become a TV personality in entertainment, I would also love to work in the fashion industry doing PR. Aside as a PR manager for Title IX campaign, “Know your IX”, I have also had experience working with a PR team running the Give a Buck Campaign. I had an amazing time working with my team which is why I am blessed and honored to be working with my Title IX team. I am also currently a Social Media Director for Hood Hall dormitory. Furthermore, I am a fellow New Yorker, from Queens. I cannot live without the color pink, I love the game of softball, playing and watching. I Played Varsity in high school and I love to shop; what can I say, I’m a shopaholic."


Rimple Bal

Photo of Rimple BalRimple is in her senior year at SUNY Plattsburgh. Her majors are biochemistry and gender and women's studies. She will be focusing her internship through Title IX on media communication and community outreach.

"During my first year at SUNY Plattsburgh, my eyes were opened to the injustices that are constantly taking place around us. Not only did I learn about these injustices, I was also given valuable tools by my professors and peers that would help me combat these injustices and grow as an ally, supporter, and individual.  I am involved with a few clubs/organizations on campus including Center for Womens Concerns, Circle of Sisterhood, and the Pre-med Association, and I am also the President of Rotaract Club, a member of the North Country Feminist Coalition in Plattsburgh, and a Shine-On mentor. My favorite forms of self-care are practicing yoga, dancing, and working out. I am a Title IX intern because I want to play a key role in making a positive change on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus and believe that the Title IX office is one of the best places to do so."


Marco Di Girolomo

Photo of Marco Di GirolomoMarco is beginning his second semester as an intern for the Title IX office with a focus on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the SUNY Plattsburgh Title IX campaign set to launch in spring 2016. Additionally, Marco has been a peer educator for the weekend class: “Power, Sexuality and Relationships,” GWS 104 for 2 semesters.

"I am a junior here at SUNY Plattsburgh and I currently double majoring in multimedia journalism and public relations. I am also minoring in Spanish and marketing. I love to cook and read. My favorite food to cook would probably have to be chicken parmigiana. A fun fact about me is that I can speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Italian. The reason why I intern for the Title IX office is that everyone has the right to a safe and welcoming educational institution and Title IX does everything in its power to make sure SUNY Plattsburgh is just that."


Erica Massimo

Photo of Erica MassimoErica is a Public Relations and Multimedia Journalism student.

"My name is Erica Massimo. In addition to my work in the Title IX office, I am also involved in other organizations such as Lambda Pi Eta honor society, PRSSA. I'm currently the chapter president of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. For the 2016-2017 Academic year, I will also serve as the Title IX social media intern here at SUNY Plattsburgh. Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn what we're all about!"


Alexandria McCalla

Photo of Alexandria McCallaAlexandria is senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations.

"Moving to Plattsburgh, New York from the New York City area, specifically the Bronx, was a huge change for me. Ever since then I have found multiple layers to who I am. I have found many new interest and ways to identify myself such as feminist and activist. My high interest in being involved is something else I discovered. I am apart of the Organization for Women of Ethnicity, Club Caribbean and Jedi Dance Productions. I am a Step-UP facilitator as well as an anchor on PSTV and Treasurer of Cardinal PR. As a senior I truly enjoyed my time here. Being a part of Title IX is a great way for me to close my college career by really standing by a system that is needed to advocate for students. My love to help others in in need is another layer I found. Advocating for people is a great way to help. I want to spread this advocacy and knowledge of issues from Title IX and related to it to the younger generation to make them more socially aware while creating a safe space for them to express themselves. Being a Title IX intern is definitely a way for me to advocate and help others and a great beginning step in the right direction."


Nikia Richardson

Photo of Nike RichardsonNikia is currently a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh, majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in English.

"Fun fact about me is that in my next life time I will like to come back as a horse. I am passionate about reaching out to others within the Plattsburgh and campus community about violence, sexual assault, and informing individuals of their resources.  I once saw on the sidewalks of NYC near Central Park a quote that stated, “You are more powerful than you think.” As the Community Outreach Coordinator for Title IX, I believe by including people from all walks of life in conversations, and in action plans individuals can have their voices heard which in return can help to create a safe environment in Plattsburgh."


Contact Information

Butterfly Blaise
Title IX Coordinator
Office: Hawkins 151
Phone: (518) 564-3281