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.
Jayson is a native of Baltimore, MD and serves as the new Program Coordinator for the UC LGBTQ Center. He enjoys traveling, reading, spoken word poetry and all the neat things that Cincinnati has to offer. He earned his BA in Political Science from Bethune- Cookman University, where he took a particular interest in international human rights and public policy. Most recently, Jayson has served as the Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Marietta College and with the Florida Department of Children and Families. Currently, Jayson is completing a MS in Criminal Justice through the University of Central Florida. In addition to Jayson’s responsibilities with the UC LGBTQ Center, he also serves as a 2017-2018 ACPA Ambassador and member of the National Youth Pride Services movement. Like Bayard Rustin, Jayson believes, "Let us be enraged about injustice, but let us not be destroyed by it."
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