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Leisan Smith

Leisan C. Smith

Director, LGBTQ Center
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Phone: (513) 556-6261(513) 556-6261 (513)5(513)556-6((

Leisan is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and her Masters of Education in Educational Foundations and Graduate Women's Studies certificate. Her professional experiences and her passion include working with and advocating for students, especially those students whose voices are not always heard. Some of these experiences include overseeing a YWCA program for teen moms and their children, being a high school principal and running an Upward Bound Program. Leisan is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and she is a 2012 YWCA Rising Star.


T. N. Vaught

T.N. Vaught

Program Coordinator
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Phone: (513)556-0009(513)556-0009

T is an activist, educator, and the Program Coordinator of the University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Center. T is originally from Buck Creek, Indiana, which is a small farming community outside of Lafayette, Indiana. T graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Within the next two years, T plans to complete a Master’s degree in WGSS with research centered in the evolving linguistics within the Trans* community. Eventually, T wants to pursue a PhD in History with a focus on the LGBTQ community through a queer theoretical lens.


Maria Merrill

Maria Merrill

Graduate Assistant
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Phone: (513)556-4329(513)556-4329

Maria is from Youngstown, Ohio and a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a BA in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as a minor in Sexuality Studies.  At OSU, she was President of Triota and FemUNITY, two WGSS undergraduate student organizations. Maria is currently a first year MA student in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at UC. Her graduate work is focused on Queer Disability Studies, in particular Deaf Studies, and how disability affects members of the LGBTQ community at large. She hopes to eventually get her PhD and continue to work at the collegiate level.



Carolyn "Biscuit" Allen

Carolyn "Biscuit" Allen

Student Worker
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Carolyn "Biscuit" Allen is the Social Media Student worker at the LGBTQ Center. She is ​from Denver, Colorado and is in her second year studying industrial design in DAAP. She is currently a Resident Advisor in Daniels Hall and was also a Student Orientation Leader of 2014. She is passionate about leadership and is excited about this opportunity to work with the LGBTQ Center. She has studied art and design in Baltimore MD, Brooklyn NY, and Denver CO. Biscuit currently resides in Cincinnati OH and is very active in the UC community. She is in the University Honors Program and is a Cincinnatus Scholar.