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Radius is the LGBTQ* inclusion resource for SUNY Plattsburgh formed in winter of 2016.

RADIUS has six founding principles.RADIUS logo

  1. Being Reinvigorating - to help us remember that there has been countless successes in our community around inclusion and RADIUS plans to continue that success through advocacy, diversity, intersectionality, understanding and self-love.
  2. Advocacy - because change requires empowerment and action with cross-community collaboration and communication.
  3. Diversity - begins to help us by recognizing and validating the multiple identities, experiences and backgrounds of our campus community members.
  4. Intersectionality - acknowledging the interconnected and overlapping nature of the multiple facets of one’s identity, such as race, class, sexuality and gender as they apply to individual experiences of oppression and privilege.
  5. Understanding and having empathy - for others experiences and views with an interest in bridging gaps, not creating separations.
  6. Self- Love - because each Individual through support and equity in resources will feel empowered on the journey to finding their authentic selves through the practice of self-acceptance and love.

What Is the Mission of RADIUS?

The mission of SUNY Plattsburgh RADIUS is to empower, enrich, embrace, and promote the experiences of campus and community members across the gender and sexuality spectra through education, awareness, advocacy, and resource networking while maintaining a fluid, future-oriented approach to both individual and organizational development.

Goals/ Objectives for RADIUS

  • Connection through discussion groups
  • Creative workshops
  • Social activities and events
  • Performing arts programming
  • Leadership
  • Peer Education training
  • High school outreach - college preparation
  • Career support - CDC
  • Mentorship program - private lunch
  • Support
  • One-on-one support
  • Coming out support
  • Resources
  • Connection with the health center
  • Connection with counseling services
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Comprehensive resource sheet

Meet the Members

Jacob Avery

Photo of Jacob AveryI am Jacob Avery (he/his/him), I work as the Assistant Director of Campus Activities in the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) office. and an alumnus of SUNY Plattsburgh.

Throughout my time back at SUNY Plattsburgh, I've worked as an advisor to the student government and on various Diversity, Social Justice, and Title IX committees/projects. I've had the opportunity to teach Diversity Through Film and Freshman Experience courses on campus.

I believe it is all of our mission to provide positive growth within our our community and to support community members. Regardless of how we may define community - from our residence hall, to our campus, to our city/town community, to our world community - it is our responsibility to be active members to make positive change.

I also believe we cannot shy away when we see oppression and hostility towards members within our community. Mistreatment of one members is mistreatment on our entire community - and this cannot stand.

And I believe RADIUS is one of these positive change agents at SUNY Plattsburgh and I am proud to be an active member of this movement..

Feel free to reach out to me to work on events together or to have a conversation. You're welcome in my office - the Center for Student Involvement, ACC 110 or email [email protected] or (518) 564-4830.


Butterfly Blaise

My name is Butterfly Blaise (She/Her/Hers), I serve as the SUNY Plattsburgh’s Title IX Coordinator.

Photo of Butterfly BlaiseThe Title IX Office worked with partners in spring 2017 to create RADIUS our LGBTQ* program on campus to increase our work in relation to diversity, intersectionality, inclusion, and the LGBTQ* community. I am very happy to be a partner in these efforts and hope that we can continue to increase education, awareness, collaboration, and work together as a community to eliminate violence and hate toward any person.

I believe that our efforts toward inclusion are never done until everyone in each environment within our community – whether on campus or in surrounding areas – feels comfortable and safe to be who they are each and every day. Any time a member of our community is suffering, we each suffer. Strength comes in solidarity, acceptance, and love for all despite any differences we may have. Our strength comes in celebrating our differences and finding all of the beautiful things we have to share with one another.

As an ally, I not only make a commitment to be an ally on paper and in words, but I make a commitment to walk alongside, behind, and in support of all members of our community who are marginalized, discriminated against, and made to feel less than the light that they each hold.

Please reach out to me to collaborate on events, prevention efforts, and/or if you are in need of support. My office is not large, but all are welcome - there is a lobby where you are welcome to spend time in the event you need a space to breathe.

I may be reached at Hawkins 151, [email protected] or (518) 564-3281.


Cassie Christman

My name is Cassie Christman (She/Her/Hers), I work at SUNY Plattsburgh as the Assistant Director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

Photo of Cassie ChristmanI am a part of the RADIUS Development Committee. I believe that issues related to oppression are everyone’s concern, and not just the concern of those who are the targets of the specific oppressions, and aggressions.

I understand that, as an ally, people who are identify with the LGBTQIA community are experts on their own experience and that there is not a singular story to be shared for all. I acknowledge that I still have a lot to learn and take responsibility for my own education on issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. I am taking the initiative by being involved in RADIUS, as an ally, to become as knowledgeable as I can on issues of concern to the LGBTQIA community.

I understand that in order to be a true ally, I need to take action. I am ready and willing to create opportunities for the LGBTQIA community, and create opportunities for other allies to join together in a coalition to reduce oppression of LGBTQIA people so that SUNY Plattsburgh is more of an inclusive place for everyone. If anyone ever feels like they need someone to talk to know that I am here!

I can be emailed at [email protected], called at (518) 564-2263 (EOP Main Line) or feel free to come to EOP in the Angell College Center (ACC) and ask to meet with me!


Ethel Facteau

Photo of Etheel FacteauI’m Ethel Facteau, I am the Library Clerk 3- lead supervisor for Interlibrary Loan in Feinberg Library. I am also the President of one of the unions on campus, the Civil Service Employees Association.

In both of my roles, I work with and assist students, faculty and staff, which requires good listening skills and confidentiality. I volunteered to be on the RADIUS committee, as I strongly believe that this organization provides resources for all.

You can find me in the Feinberg Library, 2nd floor, room 247. Hope to see you!


Jessica Facteau

Photo of Jessica FacteauHello Y'all. My name is Jessica Facteau, most call me Jess, some call me Jessie. I am a police officer holding the rank of Lieutenant with the University Police Department here on campus.

Although being a Lieutenant with the Police Department is part of my identity, my support goes way beyond that. It is important to me, for you, members of the campus community, to know that with me you have an ally.

As a born and raised resident of Plattsburgh and a former student of SUNY Plattsburgh it is an honor for me to sit on this committee in efforts to promote inclusion as well as support and serve the underrepresented members of this community. With that being said, I hope to chat soon!

Most evenings you can find me at the station or anytime by email at [email protected]


Lauren Gonyea

Photo of lauren GonyeaMy name is Lauren Gonyea (she/her/hers) and I work as a Staff Assistant in the Center for Diversity, Pluralism, and Inclusion (CDPI) office.

I was born and raised in Plattsburgh and received my BA/MST from SUNY Plattsburgh. I am privileged in so many ways and continue to benefit from it every single day. I strive to use my privilege in order to ensure Plattsburgh is as good to others who do not look, think, or have the same privileges as I do.

If I could sum up what I do at CDPI, it would be building relationships and challenging people to truly consider others and their reality. I see RADIUS as a platform for people to build connections, advocate for those who are marginalized, and truly consider the intersectionality of identity. I am eager to make a positive difference in the LGBTQ* community through RADIUS.

Feel free to reach out to me to work on events together or to have a conversation.

Office: 610 Kehoe
Phone: (518) 564-5410.
Email: [email protected]


Essence Hightower

Photo of Essence HightowerMy name is Essence Hightower and I am a sophomore with Sociology as a major. I have decided to dedicate my time to being a RADIUS intern. RADIUS is important to me for many reasons but mostly it helps me understand the lack of inclusion on campus and in Plattsburgh overall.

Making sure everyone has a voice and a safe place to express themselves is vital.

My goal is to ensure that everyone feels as welcomed and comfortable as possible in Plattsburgh.

I can give RADIUS the point of view from a black, lower class, woman and represent the underrepresented to the best of my ability.


Larissa Murray

Photo of Larissa MurrayMy name is Larissa Murray I am a sophomore here at SUNY Plattsburgh and I am one of the interns for RADIUS.

Coming into college I knew I wanted to contribute to creating a safe, welcoming, and open environment for people to express themselves on this campus as well as within our society.

When I discovered RADIUS and I learned what the program stood for I knew it would be something I could contribute to.

I believe in advocating, educating, and supporting and RADIUS is a wonderful platform for all of those things.

During my time in RADIUS I hope to reach out and unite the members of our community and make sure people know that they have sources and outlets they can go to.


Allsun Ozyesil, LMHC, NCC

Hello! My name is Allsun (all-sun) Ozyesil (oz-ye-shiel) and my pronouns are she/her and they/them. I am a Counselor at the Student Health & Counseling Center at SUNY Plattsburgh. I have the honor of being a member of the RADIUS Developmental Committee.

Photo of Allaun OzyesilI wanted to be part of RADIUS because I am committed to intersectional inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community. I strongly believe that here is no “right way” of being queer, we’re all multidimensional beings. I also am very committed to linking the campus community with the greater Plattsburgh community, especially for LGBTQ+ identifying folk!

My unique intersections of identity include being a queer plus size woman. I am white and Native American. I’m the daughter of a straight disabled woman and a gay college educated man. I was raised in poverty, with love and rich spiritual values. I’m a former EOP student and a college graduate with a Masters Degree, now navigating the middle class. I live with Depression, Anxiety and I am a survivor of gendered violence. I am married to the love of my life and we have two dogs that we love like our children. I used to play Roller Derby and Rugby and am currently taking Middle Eastern belly dance lessons, because I enjoy fun ways to stay active.

I believe that my unique intersections and my dedication to my community provide a very valuable perspective in serving on the RADIUS Developmental Committee.  In spring 2017, I worked with CDPI to complete the Campus Pride Index and currently serve as a founding board member for the Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance, so I understand the importance of community collaboration for social justice.

I provide a nonjudgmental safe space on campus where LGBTQ+ students of all intersections can come to me as a mental health counselor or simply as a supportive staff member. I can be reached by phone at (518) 564-3086 and by email at [email protected].


Dinai Robertson

Photo of Dinai RobertsonMy name is Dinai Robertson (She/Her/Hers), I work at SUNY Plattsburgh in the Title IX office.

I understand what it means to lack representation in this community; I am a 24 year old Black, Afro-Latina, queer femme, Muslim college educated woman with a loving family from Queens Village,NY. People who are just as multidimensional as me have felt left out of conversations and communities for far too long.

I worked tirelessly, with other co-coordinators, to help create a program that has LGBTQ* at the center but the core beliefs are all intersectional.

I genuinely believe in all that RADIUS has sought out to do and will continue to fight for an inclusive campus, community and world.

My sole purpose for being on this campus is to continue to connect with and encourage everyone in the North Country. If anyone ever feels like they need someone to talk to, support, mentorship or just a friend can email me at [email protected].


Contact Information

Butterfly Blaise
Title IX Coordinator
Office: Hawkins 151
Phone: (518) 564-3281
Email: [email protected]