Amy is a native of Virginia but considers Birmingham, AL her hometown. She serves as the Director of the LGBTQ Center at UC. She earned her BA in English from the University of Montevallo where she focused on Postcolonial and African-American literatures. She earned her MA from the University of Connecticut where she focused on ethnic literatures and gender and sexuality. She came to the University of Cincinnati after seven years at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she taught courses in English and Women’s and Gender Studies before she created UNCW’S LGBTQIA Resource Office. After five years in the position she was awarded UNCW’s Award for Excellence and North Carolina’s Governor’s Award for Excellence. She was also named a YWCA Woman to Watch. Like Audre Lorde, Amy believes, “The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot,” and she is excited to bring that enthusiasm to her new role at the University of Cincinnati.
Maria is from Youngstown, Ohio and a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University, where she graduated Cum Laude, receiving a BA in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as a minor in Sexuality Studies. Maria is a secondyear MA student in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at UC and Co-President of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Organization, and working as the Graduate Assistant at the LGBTQ Center. Her graduate work is focused on Queer Disability Studies, in particular the experiences and inclusion of students with disabilities in higher education.
Carolyn "Biscuit" Allen
Student Worker - Graphics
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.