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Director of the Women's Center

Photo: Dr. Susanne Dietzel, Director of the Women's Center

Susanne B. Dietzel, Ph.D. | (resume) (136KB PDF)

Pronouns: She/Her


Susanne B. Dietzel is the Director of the Women's Center at Ohio University, joining 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.

Survivor Advocacy Program Coordinator

Brenda Strickland

Program Coordinator 

914090_10101279481715208_1415344526_oSarah Tucker Jenkins

Pronouns: She/Her


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.



Graduate Assistant for the Women's Center

DSC00066L Volpe

Pronouns: She/Her


My name is L Volpe and I will be serving as the Graduate Assistant for the 2013/2014 school year.  I will be a second year Masters of Public Administration student with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. I will also be serving as the vice president of committees and legislative affairs with graduate student senate. I graduated from Ohio University with my bachelors of specialized studies in Communications and Management in 2008. I also write for the Voinovich School Blog. I am looking forward to being a contributing member of the women’s center and to a wonderful year!


Graduate Assistant for Bystander Intervention and Prevention Education

Walk A MileBill Arnold

Pronouns: He/Him


Bill Arnold grew up on the south side of Chicago, IL; in June 2006 he graduated from Shimer College with a B.A. in Humanities and obtained a job in financial services.  Aware that the position was slowly killing his soul, Bill quit in September 2008 and began volunteering at The Center for Advancing Domestic Peace where he would eventually become a Group Co-Facilitator.  Working at CADP helped Bill start to understand the relationship between gender and violence, and the importance of critiquing gender for living nonviolently; he anticipates that he will spend the rest of his life conjuring with these issues and aspires to help others conjure with them as well.  Bill enjoys spending time with his partner Hilary, hanging out at the Women’s Center, watching movies at the Athena Cinema, reading books at Alden Library, sparring at Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy – Athens, and swimming at the Aquatic Center.  He has a penchant for smoothies and is fond of animals.




Student Outreach Coordinator 

417390_10150998022462331_1722727941_nSara Lowenstein

Pronouns: She/Her


Sara is a senior studying public relations at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a specialization in sociology and community health. She has been working at the Women's Center as a student outreach coordinator for two and half years and has loved every minute of it. In addition to working at the Center, Sara is director of public relations and a local news reporter for The Post, an account executive for Backdrop Magazine through OU ImPRessions  – the student-run PR firm on campus and an active member of Scripps Public Relations Student Society of America. In her spare time, Sara enjoys watching reality television, hanging out with her friends and dancing on the Athens bricks.



Student Outreach Coordinator

Lindsey Spanner, Student WorkerLindsey Spanner

Pronouns: She/Her


Lindsey is a senior studying Communication Studies and Spanish with a minor in Linguistics. This is her second year working at the Women's Center. She also volunteers at the Survivor Advocacy Program each week as a peer advocate for victims of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. Additionally, Lindsey is involved on campus as a peer mentor, Student Senator, and Vice President of the National Communication Association Student Club. When she's not busy with class or her other activities she can usually be found riding her bike, hanging out with friends, or watching Sex and the City reruns.


Student Worker: Outreach Coordinator for Gender Initiatives

IMG_9081Hannah Abrahamson

Pronouns: She/Her


Hannah is a junior studying Spanish and History who is doing her thesis on 16th century Mayan women. She is from the Cleveland area and is involved in Students for Education Reform, Foreign Language in Elementary Schools, Honors Community Council, and is a mentor in the Honors Tutorial College. During the free time that she wishes that she had, Hannah plays with her cat, spends time with friends, and keeps an eye on how American politics affect women. She is interested in Women's Rights, mental illness and how it is perceived in American culture, and all things related to Latin America. She is very excited to work at OU's Women's Center and hopes to see you there.






Student Worker

Ashley Osborne

Pronouns: She/Her

Ashley E. Osborne is a Junior Strategic Communication major with a specialization in Spanish. Ashley served as a volunteer at the Women’s Center during Fall ‘12 and she quickly fell in love with the Center’s welcoming environment. Ashley spends her time outside of class being actively involved with student organizations such as Ohio University Student Senate, Scripps PRSSA, ImPRessions, The Black Student Cultural Programming Board, and Black Student Union. Outside of campus, Ashley enjoys writing poetry, cooking her favorite cuisines, planning events, networking, traveling, and listening to music. She is interested in all aspects of culture, God, fostering meaningful relationships, and helping people make their visions come to life.




The mission of the Ohio University Women's Center is to act as a catalyst to promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities.