About Me

Hey y’all! I’m Jessica Mahmoud and my pronouns are She, Her, Hers, and Herself. As an activist for marginalized communities, focusing on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community, this blog is about identities and the intersections and struggles we face as an oppressed group. You can contact me anytime at coloritqueer@gmail.com and check out my resume below. In spirit of visibility, you can also see my coming out story here. I hope this blog teaches you something about yourself or helps you help others. Enjoy!

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JESSICA MAHMOUD
mahmoudj1@montclair.edu

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a Minor in LGBTQ Studies May 2017
Montclair State University

EMPLOYMENT AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Volunteer, Brooklyn Community Pride Center May-June 2017
Help prepare for Pride month festivities, share ideas, and create a space for Youth Pride members

Service Assistant, Montclair State University August 2016-May 2017
Create a welcoming and safe environment in the residence halls by checking in residents and guests, responding to incidents, and communicating with coworkers.

Peer Educator, Montclair State University LGBTQ Center August 2016-May 2017
Facilitate weekly discussion and support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students with physical, mental, chronic, or other disabilities.
Lead and produce small and large trainings, presentations, and workshops to audiences on topics such as Safe Space Training, Title IX, and social justice

LGBTQ Blogger, coloritqueer.com Nov 2015-Present
Write original educational articles about identities issues facing the LGBTQ Community (76 posts)

Contributing Writer, Curve Magazine May 2016-Present
Pitch and write pieces for Curve Magazine, the nation’s best-selling lesbian magazine, on entertainment for lesbian web-series that included interviewing musicians.

Support Worker, White House Black Market, Wayne, NJ May 2015-Dec 2016
Organized merchandise and assisted in selling with coworkers by following instructions and working as a team

Director, LGBTQ Affairs of the Student Government Association Aug 2016-Dec 2016
Reported at SGA meetings as the liaison between the LGBTQ Center activities and the Student Government Association

President’s Commission for Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Sept 2016-Dec 2016
Attended monthly meetings to discuss Affirmative Action Day plans as well as ways the university can cater to minority groups

Writer, The Montclarion, Montclair State University April 2014-March 2016
Wrote fashion, entertainment, and opinion articles for the MSU newspaper

Member, LGBTQ Center Advisory Board Sept 2016-Dec 2016
This board serves to provide support, input, and advisement to the Center Coordinator and advocacy for the Center

Founder, Campus Style Blog, Montclair State University Sept 2014-Nov 2015
Photographed people to document the fashion around Montclair State University campus.
Published photos on Facebook and Instagram with captions of where clothes were from as well as Q&A with the subjects.

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS
Dean’s List, Montclair State University Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016
Leadership Development Certificate Program May 2016

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