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.
Sol is a graduate student in UC’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. They completed their undergraduate education at Northern Kentucky University, where they earned a B.A. in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Women’s Studies. The culmination of their undergraduate studies focused on research concerning the economic impact of transgender workplace rights legislation passed at the state level.
Growing up in East Tennessee, Sol completed high school in Northwest Michigan before moving to the greater Cincinnati area. A childhood and adolescence spent across multiple regions of the United States has greatly influenced Sol’s understanding of queer culture. They hope to help students gain a deeper understanding of individual’s rights in regards to gender identity and sexual orientation.
Aside from research interests in the American judicial system and its negative impact on women and gender minorities, Sol is interested in Japanese language and culture and the intersection of queerness and law in Japan. Sol also enjoys cooking when they can and binge watching bad TV.