Our Team

Our team is devoted to supporting LGBTQA+ students at FIU. They accomplish this through their efforts collaborating together and with the unique perspectives and experiences they each bring to the table. Read more about our team below. 


Erica Jayne Friedman, PhD

Associate Director
They/She/He (All Pronouns Welcome)
PhD, Social-Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
MA, Social-Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
BA, Psychology, Binghamton University



Dr. Erica Jayne Friedman is thrilled to be here at FIU bringing from New York over 10 years of higher education experience. Her vision is to empower students to take the lead in administering LGBTQA Initiatives’ campus events. She hopes to evolve the culture at FIU through advocacy and education to establish our campus as the most supportive and affirming university for LGBTQA students in Florida.

Dr. Friedman received formative training as a social justice agent for queer and trans communities as an undergraduate at Binghamton University and through her doctoral program in psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. For over 10 years, she researched topics within gender and queer studies focused on understanding the impact of cisgenderism and heterosexism. She explored how social norms around gender and sexuality develop and can be resisted or changed.

In her free time, Dr. Friedman enjoys worldwide travel and has been featured in several travel blogs and magazines. She spent several months in New Zealand volunteering at a local non-profit organization and became SCUBA-certified while in Thailand. Dr. Friedman personally experiences both her gender and sexuality as fluid.


Dylan J. Myers, MS

Program Coordinator
MS, Higher Education Administration, University of North Florida
BS, Psychology, York College of Pennsylvania



Dylan is a 2019 graduate from the University of North Florida's masters in Higher Education program. During his graduate studies, he worked in a variety of areas including programming, student government, and LGBTQ+ research. He proposed and spearheaded the 2019 Florida Collegiate Pride Coalition Conference where students from across the state grew together through educational workshops and social activities.

Dylan's drive and passion dates back to advocating for himself and his peers as a student at York College of Pennsylvania. There he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Dylan is passionate about social justice and making the world a better, more equitable place. One of his main areas of passion and research in the area of sexual assault awareness. He has been a leader in efforts to educate the community and to support and advocate to fight against inequality for transgender people. He has led affinity groups, given talks on gender, and drafted and proposed policy changes.

In his free time, Dylan loves to rewatch Charmed, play board games, and loves to celebrate everything Halloween. Dylan approaches his work with transparency and ensures that his students are seen and heard. Though he was born and raised in Pennsylvania, he considers Florida home and enjoys a good day at the beach.



Marquise Steward

Graduate Assistant
MA (In Progress), Higher Education Administration
BBA, Human Resources Management



Marquise is a native New Yorker and recent graduate from Pace University. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at FIU in the Higher Education Administration program. His work experience includes serving as a Peer Mentor (Student Support Services, TRIO), Chapter President (American Marketing Association and Residence Hall Association), and Student Ambassador and Student Assistant (Pace University). In addition to his work in higher education, he serves as a Youth Advisory Council Advisor and Representative as a board of directors member (Encampment for Citizenship).

Marquise has an immense passion for student leadership and diversity initiatives. He has extensive experience in programming, marketing, and professional development that he blends with LGBTQA Initiatives. He uses his educational background and commitment to diversity work to ensure students are supported and uplifted.

In his spare time, Marquise enjoys walking his dog, Prince Teddy, scheduling rendezvous with friends, and traveling the country and world as much as possible. Fun Fact: Marquise had lunch with one of the Boyz n Motion from That’s So Raven and used to be an all-star cheerleader.


Javon Stovall

Graduate Assistant
He/Him/His or They/Them/Their
MS, Higher Education Administration
BA, Ethics and Public Policy, Philosophy
AA, Liberal Arts and Sciences



A 2020 graduate from The University of Iowa, Javon is thrilled to be on this new adventure in Miami! His draw to higher education comes from a working background of leadership, research and human subject administration, student life and administrative support, but most importantly, advocacy and a commitment to lifetime learning. Dedicated to working collaboratively to create comprehensive solutions to complex problems on college campuses and unapologetically centering the narratives of marginalized communities, he's excited to be prioritizing social justice and inclusion in his graduate work.

Javon plans on conducting research through a critical lens and working to synthesize directly the experiences of marginalized students and policy making decisions, looking to see where policy has served to alleviate or perpetuate negative experiences and outcomes. In his practice as a higher education professional, Javon takes a holistic approach to student care and does so with a trauma-informed perspective. He encourages and empowers students to bring all of who they are to the classroom, to their campus experiences, and beyond.

Javon approaches his work with radical empathy and love, in order to imagine a future where we are all cared for and celebrated through an education system that is socially just and leaves nobody behind. There are many things he wants to do in his career to make this happen, including becoming a professor and working in the White House.


Kaitlyn Guthrie

Student Assistant
She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs
BA (In Progress), Political Science & English,
Florida International University



At FIU, Kaitlyn is pursuing a double major in both Political Science and English as well as a certificate in Film Studies. As a Queer Latina student, she is focused on making her community stronger and bringing empowerment and representation to any space she occupies. For the future, Kaitlyn is considering both furthering her education and going to work in the public or private sector. Both writing and activism have always been a part of who Kaitlyn is and what she loves to do. She hopes to be able to do this work both personally and professionally throughout her life and career.

Kaitlyn is a part of Student Support Services and Golden Scholars. In high school, she was president of the yearbook and the founder of SAGA, Sexuality and Genders Alliance, as well as a member of Latinos in Action. Kaitlyn finds she works best when meeting with her communities and like-minded people to work toward a common goal.

Kaitlyn enjoys reading, writing, and film and TV from the 90s and early 2000s. She also spends her time cooking for friends and family, participating in activism, playing dominos con familia, and playing with her bunny named Pigwidgeon. 




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