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delfin is a native of Miami, FL and of Cuban and Salvadoran heritage. delfin identifies as trans*, specifically as Two-Spirit. delfin is a social worker and queer/feminist theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and social justice--creating spaces were individuals and communities are both safe and challenged to wrestle through questions around identity and expression. delfin has a Master in Divinity as well as a Master of Social Work. delfin's background includes: chaplaincy, HIV/AIDS case management, LGBTQ advocacy, and trauma therapy. delfin enjoys cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, and spending time with familia. delfin is excited to join OU and to find ways to be part of the efforts to queer up OU, Athens, and Ohio!
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Sarah comes to Ohio University by way of Florida, where she recently finished her masters in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. While at FAU, Sarah taught Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies and volunteered with the LGBTQA Resource Center. She also co-founded the student organization, The F-Word: FAU Feminists. Her master's thesis is titled "Hegemonic 'Realness'? An Intersectional Feminist Analysis of RuPaul's Drag Race." Prior to moving to South Florida, Sarah earned her bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in NC, she was a research assistant for the book, Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World by Drs. Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radeloff. She is thrilled to join OU as the Program Coordinator for the Women's Center and LGBT Center.
Megan is a first-year graduate student in the College Student Personnel program here at Ohio University. She received her first Master’s degree from Ohio University in English/Creative Writing in 2008. Before deciding to return to school, Megan was adjunct faculty for the English Department and University College, as well as a Student Writing Center tutor. Having lived in Athens for the past 6 years, she is interested in “Town-Gown” relationships, especially as they pertain to LGBT and other minority student groups. “I want to strengthen the relationship between Athens/Southeastern Ohio and all OU students, especially those who are in the process of coming out, creating their identities, and finding their place.” When she isn’t teaching, tutoring, studying, or hanging out in the LGBT Center, you can find Megan running on the Bike Path or the back roads of Athens, swimming at the OU Aquatic Center, and working out at WellWorks.
Josiah is a second-year student pursuing a degree in Education. He is involved with Open Doors and ALLY on campus. “I think that the acceptance and diversity of Athens is what makes it so great! It doesn’t matter who you are, you will always be able to find friendship here.” He loves the LGBT community in Athens for, “all of the resources and programs offered to try and get people involved. There’s never a dull moment around the LGBT Center.”
Jesper is a third year student pursuing a double major in Women and Gender Studies and English. They are the discussion leader for Ally, co-representative for Asterisk: Athens Area Trans* Advocates, and are involved in other LGBT+ programs such as SafeZone and SpeakOUT! Jesper loves being at Ohio University because Athens is a home away from home, and because it feels like a safe haven for LGBT+ people. “Here you can explore your identity and be true to yourself , it's a very freeing atmosphere”.
Morgan Morgan is a third year student majoring in Communication Studies with a focus in P.R. and Marketing and working on a diversity studies certificate. She is involved in Black Student Communication caucus, Hip Hop Congress as well as OU's Survivor Advocacy Program as a Peer Advocate. "What I love about OU is the amount of opportunities there are to be involved. The student run organizations at OU are a great way to let your voice be heard." Morgan has found a lot of love and support in those of the LGBTQA community at OU. She also recognizes that there are a lot of challenges that come with being black in the LGBTQA community as well. "I want to work to improve the dialogue within the LGBTQA community about tough issues like race and class, and also give everyone the same love and respect that I've felt as a part of the community at OU"
Sarah is a junior student majoring in Sociology, with a minor in Business Administration and Political Science. She is involved with Open Doors: OU’s LGBTIQQA Student Union and other organizations on campus. She loves OU and is excited to be here another year. "My favorite thing about OU is that you're allowed to be you here, no matter who 'you' are. There's a place for everyone here." She want to impact the LGBT community in Athens and beyond. In her free time Sarah loves to read, “books, magazines, backs of toothpaste tubes--you name it." She believes that the Athens LGBTQA community has so much to offer every student, faculty member, and resident. "We're so lucky to have a community like this where we can be comfortable in our own skin."
Ryan is a fourth year student double majoring in history and psychology. They are also pursuing a certificate in women and gender studies. On campus, Ryan serves as the president of the queer-straight alliance, ALLY. They are also a Pepsi Scholar and a Community Assistant for the Office of Off-Campus Living. Ryan seeks to incorporate their humanistic beliefs into both personal and professional spaces on campus. Exploring the importance and impact on individuals and communities of all identities such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity and expression, religion/spirituality, class, and ability are one of Ryan’s passions. “As the needs of queer and trans* people evolve, the community does a good job accommodating and welcoming the change,” according to Ryan. They are glad to spend their last year in Athens serving the community from both a queer and wholesome perspective.
Taylor Hufford will be a sophomore in the fall and is from Utica, Ohio. She is a Athletic Training major who plans to also major in Communication Studies. Her on campus involvement currently includes being the Commissioner of LGBT Affairs with Student Senate, participating in University Band and being a sister with Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority. She is also a tour guide for the university! Her favorite things to do on Court Street include dining at Chipotle, visiting Athens Underground and people watching with her friends from Wendy's during the school year. This year she hopes to plan the first ever Ohio University Pride Week 5k "Color Me Gay" and help educate students across campus about LGBT history. After such a positive freshman year, she is optimistic for the coming year and can't wait to meet more people!
Paige Klatt will be a sophomore in the fall, currently majoring in Chemistry-Premed but is in the process of joining the BSS program. Apart from being involved with the LGBT community at Ohio University, she is a member and the Safety officer of the Bobcatalina’s Synchronized Swim Team and will be a member of the competition team this school year. Paige has been a lifeguard instructor for two years and enjoys teaching classes. She's very open minded, optimistic and looking forward to a great year! She loves going to Court St. coffee and Donkey coffee, they are her two favorite places to go. This year she will be working to establish an LGBTQ Peer Mentoring program, trying to get more programs available, as well as, have an amazing Pride Week!
Amber is a first-year graduate student in the College Student Personnel program and a practicum student in the LGBT Center. Apart from her practicum, Amber also holds a graduate assistant ship in the Campus Involvement Center for Health Promotion as the GA for Tobacco, Other Drugs, and Recovery Programs. Her interests include health related programs, especially pertaining to addiction and recovery and sexual
Erin McKelle Fischer is an e-activist, video blogger, non-profit advocate and undergraduate student at Ohio University. She has launched several projects including Fearless Feminism and Consent is Sexy and is a contributing writer for several online publications, including Everyday Feminism, and Because I Am A Woman. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, writing bad poetry, drawing, politics and reality TV. You can visit her website here or find her blogging on Tumblr.