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

2016 Student Wellness Retreat Registration Open

Registration for the 2016 SUNY Empire State College Student Wellness Retreat is now open!

Keynote Speaker: Host of ABC’s hit show Extreme Weight Loss – Chris Powell
Opening Speaker: Emmy winner and Oprah guest – Tracey Conway
Featured Night Entertainment: NBC’s America’s Got Talent star- Illusionist Leon Etienne

Over 40 sessions on Stress Management, Nutrition, Dance, Yoga and more!
Question and Answer session with SUNY Empire State College leadership
Personal wellness coaches/dieticians, free professional chair massages, interactive wellness activities

Comprehensive Health Fair with over 30 vendors, free health screenings, many prize giveaways

And so much more!

Visit to register, and don’t forget to click “yes” if you want a travel grant. Some things to look forward to:

Save the Date: SUNY ESC Women’s and Gender Studies Residency

Every year, SUNY Empire State College hosts a Women’s and Gender Studies Residency. The Residency is open to Empire students and alum. Join MSiA members at this year’s residency “Gender and Race in the 21st Century”!

To register, contact Lori McCaffrey, residency coordinator at 518-783-6203 ext. 5944

Women's Residency

MSiA Survey – Upstate Meet and Greet!

construction-13456_640We are currently planning a Meet and Greet for members at the Niagara Frontier Center, Appletree Business Park 2875 Union Road Suite 34, in Cheektowaga, NY 

 This event is an opportunity to bring together Western and Central NY members from the club to network, converse, hear a message from our President Layla Abdullah-Poulos (via media technology) and share in light snacks.
Please take 1 minute to fill out the survey that will help in planning the best day to schedule the event!

New Gallery Pics: Hate Crimes Forum

DSC02122MSiA members joined members of ESC Ed4All and the Human Services Collaborative for the Understanding Hate Crimes Forum at SUNY Empire State College’s Metropolitan Location.  NYC Public Advocate and SUNY Empire State College instructor Leticia James discussed the various causes of hate crimes.  Deputy Inspector Mark Magrone of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force informed the audience of the methods the police department uses to monitor for and address hate crimes.  Lisa Whiteside described issues of hate crimes and sexual assault in correctional facilities.

Pictures of the Understanding Hate Crimes Forum can be found on the MSiA Gallery page.

Hate Crimes Forum @ ESC Metro

Join MSiA president Layla Abdullah-Poulos and member-at-large Tanya Thompson at SUNY Empire State College’s Hudson location for the Understanding Hate Crimes forum.  The event is hosted by:

Register for the event on the SUNY Empire Alumni Events page.

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