Women's Center Staff





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

Susanne B. Dietzel, Ph.D.


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.



Program Coordinator 


914090_10101279481715208_1415344526_oSarah Tucker Jenkins


Pronouns: She/Her


Sarah comes to Ohio University by way of Florida, where she earned  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.





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.



Women's Center Graduate Assistant

emily burnsEmily Burns


Pronouns: She/her

Emily grew up in the rolling hills of Carroll County, a rural area located in Northeastern Ohio. She is a second year master’s student studying public administration at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. She is very interested in the intersection of gender, poverty and infrastructure development. Having completed her B.A. here at Ohio Univeristy in Women’s and Gender Studies, she is also fascinated by current issues of gender and sexuality.  She has organized numerous advocacy and awareness based university programs including four years of Take Back the Night. Outside of her educational endeavors, she enjoys making lists on fancy paper, eating spicy food, going for long runs and shopping at the Georgetown JCrew.










Student Workers




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.







madeleine_toerne Madeleine Toerne


Pronouns: She/her


Madeleine Toerne is a sophomore majoring in Integrated Language Arts with a double minor in English and Communications.  She grew up in Walbridge, Ohio, a small rural town outside of Toledo.  At the university, she is a member of the Student Union, Sierra Student Coalition, and Margaret Boyd Scholars Program. She will also be participating in C.A.R.E., a democratic education program in the Patton College of Education. Outside of university involvement, Madeleine enjoys reading, writing, biking, playing guitar, listening to music, and engaging in stimulating conversations.








anna_bekavacAnna Bekavac


Pronouns: She/her


Anna is a sophomore music therapy major from the wonderful city of Pittsburgh, PA. At OU, she is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, American Music Therapy Association Students, and Thread Magazine. Anna loves working with the elderly, and sometimes believes she may actually be elderly. Her favorite music most likely comes from the 50s, 60s, or 70s, and her hobbies include baking, crafting, collecting and listening to records, and shopping at vintage clothing and antique stores.








kyle serrottKyle Serrott

Pronouns: He/his



My name is Kyle Serrott and I am senior student graduating in May of 2015. I am a specialized studies major, and my concentration title is "Law, Gender, and Race in America". I study the intersections of race and gender in society as it pertains to the laws of American society. I hope to attend Law School next year concentrating on social justice. I am an avid reader and very involved with politics. I am an obsessive dog owner and treat Jackson (pictured) as if he were human. My time is consumed by dog walks, class work, bike riding, working out, reading, and performing research for the George Washington Forum, which I am 2014-2015 fellow. I am very excited to work in the Women's Center and promote gender and sexual equality!









leah brownLeah Brown


Pronouns: She/her

Leah is a junior African American Studies major. She hails from Charlottesville, Virginia where she was a member of the Young Women Leaders Program as a middle schooler. She is currently working on launching the Ohio University sister site of the Young Women Leaders Program. Her hobbies include playing the violin, knitting, and during football season, shamelessly cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers.











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.