Susanne B. Dietzel is the Director of the Women's Center at Ohio University and will be acting as LGBT Center Director as well while the nationwide search for a new LGBT Center Director takes place. She joined the university in August 2007. A citizen of Germany, Susanne was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. She came to the United States as an exchange student in 1984 to study Southern and African American literature, as well as women's studies at the University of Mississippi. Susanne earned her PhD in American Studies and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1996. Her research and teaching interests include interdisciplinary women's studies, the history and institutionalization of women's studies, feminist theory and activism, and literary and cultural studies. Before coming to Ohio University, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of women's studies at Tulane University, and the Director of the Women's Resource Center at Loyola University in New Orleans. In New Orleans, she was active in the battered women's movement, sexual assault prevention services, and the re-building of feminist and women's institutions after Hurricane Katrina. She is a co-founder of Katrina Warriors, an expanding feminist network that seeks to end all forms of violence against women and girls in New Orleans as well as the New Orleans diaspora. She also worked with the V-Day Organization on organizing the 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues held in New Orleans in April 2008. She looks forward to working with an even larger number of students at Ohio University to create a vibrant center that will serve students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
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."
Johanna is one of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) Psychology Interns for the 2012-2013 academic year.She comes to Athens from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles where she is a 5th year PsyD Doctoral Candidate.
Her passion is nestled at the intersection of psychology and social justice activism.Prior to beginning her doctoral degree, Johanna spent over a decade in the nonprofit sector providing social services and conducting activism.Johanna's clinical and research interest are identity development and intersectionality, resilience in the transgender community, Latino mental health, LGBT affirmative psychotherapy, and multicultural competence in training and supervision.As an out bisexual/queer Latina, Johanna is excited about working with the OU community during her year here to further strengthen its LGBTIQ competence and increase emotional wellness among OU students.In her spare time Johanna loves to cook, go to festivals, and watch TV!
If you have any questions about Counseling and Psychological Services, don't hesitate to contact Johanna at (740) 593 -1616 or email her at, firstname.lastname@example.org.