Aids Walk: Letter from ESC-LGBTQA Club President


I am raising funds again for this year’s AIDS Walk New York, which will be held on Sunday, May 15. This is my 30th year participating in the world’s largest AIDS fundraising event. With the generous support of my donors, I have raised over $73,000.00 to support the important work of GMHC and 40 other AIDS Service organizations in the tri-state area. These organizations provide life-saving programs and services to thousands of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, and GMHC is leading the effort to demand a cure.

This cause is very close to my heart. To date, more than 100,000 New Yorkers have died from AIDS-related causes, and thousands are still becoming infected each year. I have lost too many friends over the years that had their whole lives ahead of them and too many friends living with the virus the causes AIDS. I walk in memory of all those who lost the battle and to honor those living with the virus.

As a member of The GMHC’s Board of Directors, I look forward to the day when we can lock the doors because we found a cure. But until then I need your help!

HIV and AIDS are still serious problems for so many people in our community. Please help me continue to raise funds for critical programs that save lives and prevent new infections, bringing us closer to ending AIDS. To sponsor me, click here:

You, too, can be a part of making AIDS history by registering for AIDS Walk New York today! After you donate, join my team!

Warm Regards,

Nicholas Coppola

MSiA President Awarded SUNY Empire SGS Dean’s Medal

10460338_1536490826615368_1839929455579642052_n (2)MSiA president Layla Abdullah-Poulos was one of four students selected to receive the SUNY Empire State College School for Graduate Studies Dean’s Medal. Graduate students are selected for this distinction in recognition of their academic excellence and commitment to the School for Studies.

“I’ve learned so much at Empire. It is really an honor that my research and work is recognized by the School for Graduate Studies.” – Layla Abdullah-Poulos

Abdullah-Poulos recently received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence and is slated to graduate with a M.A. in Liberal Studies at SUNY Empire State College this June.

A brief description of Layla’s master’s thesis is below: 

The purpose of Abdullah-Poulos’ final project is to examine distinct cultural productions of NbA Muslims resulting from the convergence of Islamic and American cultural experiences and values. Thus, the main objective of her final project is to explore and explicate on the cultural particularities in the NbA Muslim culture that manifested during the literature review process. Where the literature review exposed the tendency to overgeneralize American Muslim culture and overlook the NbA Muslim subculture, Abdullah-Poulos’ final project utilizes their cultural productions to demonstrate the uniqueness and socio-cultural influence of this demographic. 

Congratulations Layla!


9/11 Museum Tour

9-11 Trip

Join MSiA members on a tour of the 9/11 Memorial in NYC. On September 11, 2001, the country was shaken and changed by a horrible act that claimed the lives of thousands of Americans from numerous backgrounds. Join MSiA members on a tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Before and after the tour, there will be time for reflection and discussion.

Adults are $10 per person and children 6 and under are free. 

Register by visiting the SUNY Empire State College Events Page:

For more information, email Tanya Thompson at