As a Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) Coordinator, Sydney provides trauma-informed counseling to students, directly supports the development of peers leaders and delivers workshops and training's to the school community on intimate partner violence and healthy relationships. She is based at the High School for Environmental Studies.
Longtime community educator and psychotherapist, Sydney is interested in sexuality, gender, and intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. Born and raised in New York City, she is passionate about community engagement, social justice, and youth/adult partnerships. Prior to earning her LMSW from Silberman School of Social Work, Sydney worked at the Hetrick-Martin Institute to develop a three-year sexuality education and HIV prevention program and curriculum alongside LGBTQAI youth in New York City, for the Office of Minority Health.
Sydney earned her BA in Sociology and Gender Studies from St. Lawrence University and her Master’s Degree in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. Her academic background focuses on sexuality studies, feminist, critical race and queer theory. She has written sexuality education curricula for the Department of Education, New York State Department of Health, and numerous agencies.
She is currently an adviser to a national research storytelling project with high school youth, a board member for Drag Queen Story Hour, and teaches in the women and gender studies department at Hunter College.