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Tristan N. Vaught

Interim Director
UC Email:
Phone: 513-556-0009

Tristan is an activist, educator, and the Program Coordinator for the University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Center. Tristan is a first-generation college graduate and is originally from Buck Creek, Indiana, which is a small farming community outside of Lafayette, Indiana. Tristan 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. Tristan will complete a Master’s degree in WGSS in December 2015 from UC with research centered around the application of transgender and queer theory in LGBTQPIA Safe Zone trainings. Tristan plans to eventually complete a PhD and hopefully continue a career in Student Affairs.


Maria Merrill

Maria Merrill

Graduate Assistant
UC Email:
Phone: 513-556-4329

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

Carolyn "Biscuit" Allen

Student Worker - Graphics
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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. 


Ali Davis

Student Worker - Programming and Outreach

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Ali was born and raised in Cincinnati so UC was an obvious choice. Ali is a senior majoring in Africana Studies and Anthropology. Ali is committed to culture and linguistics. After graduation, he hopes to return to Tanzania where he will fight for LGBT rights. Ali is also working to unite the cultures of the African Diaspora.