Out in the Workplace

A half-day career event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students and allies  — April 26, 2012

  • Learn about identity management in the workplace.
  • Network with peers and established LGBTQ professionals.
  • Interact with on-site recruiters.
  • Build résumé and career skills in a hands-on workshop.
  • Engage in panel discussions with alumni and professionals from such fields as education, finance, law, media and nonprofit.
  • Listen to guest speaker and trainer from the national organization Out for Work.
  • Attend a workshop on issues for transgender individuals in the workplace.

The event is open to Brooklyn College students, faculty, staff and alumni, and to all college students in the New York City area. Business casual attire is encouraged. 


10 a.m.
Check in

10:30 a.m. – Noon
Training with Out for Work representative on résumés, interviewing and locating LGBTQ-friendly employers

12:15 – 2 p.m.
Panel with professionals in financial services, media and entertainment, law, education and business. Lunch will be served.

2 – 3 p.m.
Networking with employers, panelists and fellow participants

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Transgender advocacy and workplace issues discussion with experts (Maroon Room)


Gold and Maroon rooms, sixth floor, Brooklyn College Student Center (view map)


Brooklyn College students may register on the Career tab of the Portal under the list of Workshops and Events.

For all others, please RSVP here and include your school affiliation. This event is open to all college students in the New York City area.

Employer Representatives

Note: This is not an official recruitment event. Employers will be speaking with you about their company opportunities.

  • Brooklyn Community Pride Center
  • Legal Aid Society
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Prudential
  • Viacom Media Networks
  • Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls 

(Subject to change; please check back for additions.)

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Suzanne Grossman, Magner Center for Career Development and Internships, 718.951.5696.

Guest Speakers

(Check back soon for more details.)

Emily Chaloner

Emily Chaloner is an associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C. She represents and counsels employers in a variety of employment law matters, including race, age, sex, national origin, disability and pregnancy discrimination harassment. She represents clients in federal and state courts on issues arising under Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws. Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Emily was a staff attorney at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York. Emily received her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Paisley Currah

Paisley Currah teaches political science at Brooklyn College. His current book project, The United States of Sex, looks at contradictions in state definitions of sex. Recent articles include "Securitizing Gender: Identity, Biometrics, and Gender Non-conforming Bodies at the Airport: (Social Research 2011) and "'We Won't Know Who You Are': Contesting Sex Designations on New York City Birth Certificates" (Hypatia 2009). Currah co-edited Transgender Rights (Minnesota 2006). He is a founding co-editor of Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke). He served as executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (2003–07). Paisley is a board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute and Global Action for Trans Equality. He also sits on the advisory board for Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Program.

Alex Gant

Alex Gant is the conference and operations manager at Out for Work, where she organizes the Annual National Out for Work LGBTQA College Student Career Conference. She also works with college and universities career centers and LGBTQ resource centers and student organizations throughout the year to keep them informed on Out for Work events, programs and publications, and up to date with LGBTQ workplace resources and information, and to put together workshop presentations on college campuses. Alex works directly with the contacts that Out for Work has at over 2,500 colleges and universities across the country and is in charge of communication between the organization and the students. She has presented at numerous LGBTQ and career-specific conferences as well as at college campuses in the United States. Alex graduated in 2008 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Lourdes Ashley Hunter

Lourdes Ashley Hunter has worked tirelessly in the past 18 years to push for legislative reform that would secure equality for marginalized communities. Lourdes has the amazing opportunity of working with culturally diverse communities who are underserved and facing complex issues that directly impact their socio-economic growth and development. She has worked diligently for the past decade advocating for transgender and queer communities to secure equality on a local, state and federal level.  Her community-organizing leadership efforts have enabled the success of grassroots initiatives that directly impact policy reform within government agencies, such as the New York City Department of Homeless Services, New York City Human Resources Administration, New York City Police Department and Woodhull Hospital, to include cultural competence for transgender and queer New York City residents. Lourdes is a leader in the organizing and development of groundbreaking grassroots community organizing movements locally and nationally. 

Jayson Littman '00

Jayson Littman has 12 years of experience in the banking and professional services industry. Jayson began his career at Citigroup and has worked at J.P.Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and most recently in the consulting division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was chairman of the LGBT Employee Resource Group at J.P.Morgan for five years and has worked closely with senior management to develop diversity programs for LGBT employees and kept his ERG active during the economic downturn when budgets were cut. Jayson is a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP) and currently consults various organizations on diversity efforts as well as operating his own project management consulting firm. Jayson can be reached at jlittman@gmail.com or http://www.linkedin.com/in/jlittman.

Raphael Miranda

Raphael Miranda is the weekend meteorologist and weather producer for NBC New York. Raphael first came to WNBC as a weather intern in 2007. Since then he has appeared on News 12 Westchester, NBC Weatherplus and Early Today as well as MSNBC and CNBC World. Raphael was born in Putnam County and grew up in Westchester County, where his love of weather began. Growing up in "the woods," he was fascinated by nor’easters and hurricanes. Besides weather, he enjoys languages and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and a little French. Raphael graduated from New York University with a degree in Spanish; he also earned degrees from Brooklyn College and Mississippi State University in broadcast journalism and geosciences/meteorology. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He lives with his husband and two cats in New Jersey. You can follow him on Twitter (@raphael4NY) and like him on Facebook.


This event is sponsored by the Magner Center for Career Development and Internships; Brooklyn College Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) and LGBTQ Studies; Brooklyn College Office of Diversity and Equity Programs; Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Education and Research (GLARE); Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS); CUNY United Students Senate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Taskforce; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.

Support for this event is provided by the CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund.