Elanie Cintron attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she volunteered at El Centro Latino, a nonprofit organization devoted to the integration and education of Latinos, and NC PRIDE.
After graduating from UNC, Elanie continued to work for equality, organizing unions in Boston, working with minorities in the service industry and advocating for fair labor conditions.
She then accepted a position as a production manager in Chapel Hill, where she used her experiences in Boston as tools to manage a staff of 100-150 employees. As production manager, Elanie was devoted to empower staff and worked alongside the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to help its clients integrate in the states.
Elanie was invited by the ACLU to speak at a school board meeting in her hometown of Rowan County, which prohibited the formation of gay-straight alliance groups in public schools. The school board reversed their decision, reaffirming Elanie’s commitment to LGBT advocacy.
As a fellow, Elanie interned with Immigration Equality. She also was the co-president of OutLaw and a staff member on the Family Court Review.
Jenelle DeVits was born and raised in Boston. She attained her Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire, where she was a member of the Division I varsity women’s basketball team, walking on as a freshman and working her way to becoming a two-year scholarship athlete.
During her athletic career, Jenelle became involved in advocating for LGBT student-athletes, earning her the honor of serving as the undergraduate representative on the President’s Commission on LGBT Issues. She facilitated Safe Zone trainings throughout campus and within the athletic department. As a facilitator, she was able to educate and train numerous faculty, staff and students about LGBT issues.
Jenelle had a crucial role in the development and founding of Our Group, a national organization that provides networking forums, outreach and other educative tools for LGBT student-athletes.
Through her work with Our Group, Jenelle has presented at Ithaca College’s Sport, Culture and Sexuality Conference, was a panelist on “A Coaches Guide to Effective Policy and Practice Addressing Homophobia in Collegiate Women’s Basketball” at the 2010 Women’s Basketball Coaching Association conference in San Antonio, and was a panelist at the IvyQ Conference at Columbia University.
Jenelle is also an advisory board member for the GLSEN’s Sports Project.
After graduating from UNH, Jenelle worked full time as a life skills coach in a group home that provides services to adults with mental health issues and developmental disabilities.
Jenelle plans to use her law degree to continue her work advocating for human rights, specifically on behalf of the LGBT community.
Stevie Tran graduated from Arizona State University with a major in political science, minors in women and gender studies as well as Japanese, and a LGBT Studies certificate.
Stevie became involved in LGBT rights advocacy during college as an intern with Equality Arizona. Through her involvement with the organization, she was selected as one of the Equality Federation Institute’s first Leadership Development Program interns.
Stevie also was actively involved in the fraternity and sorority community, creating opportunities to develop leaders and men of character in the LGBT community. She is an alumni member of Sigma Phi Beta fraternity, the only exclusively college-based queer-focused fraternity nationwide.
Stevie spent her first summer at Hofstra Law interning at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), an organization committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression, and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.
Stevie hopes to use her legal education to expand access and opportunities for transgender people in all areas of life.