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LGBTQ Staff

Leisan C. Smith

Leisan C. Smith

Director, LGBTQ Center
UC Email: smiln@ucmail.uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-6261

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., MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and she is a 2012 YWCA Rising Star.

 


T.N. Vaught

T.N. Vaught

Program Coordinator
UC Email: vaughttn@ucmail.uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-0009513-556-0009

T is an activist, educator, and the Program Coordinator for the University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Center. T is a first generation college graduate and 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. T will complete a Master’s degree in WGSS in April 2015 from UC with research centered around the application of transgender and queer theory in LGBTQPIA Safe Zone trainings. T plans to eventually complete a PhD and hopefully continue a career in Student Affairs.

 


Maria Merrill

Maria Merrill

Graduate Assistant
UC Email: merrilma@ucmail.uc.edu
Phone: 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
UC Email: allen3cn@mail.uc.edu

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.