Christina Brown, Social Justice Activist
Christina Brown (she/her/hers) is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati and recipient of the Emerging Leader Award from UC, an annual award that honors alumni who are blazing the trails toward becoming our future leaders. Ms. Brown is a self-described freedom fighter and is best known for her social justice activism, lecturing and organizing for social justice causes and racial equity. With the help from other local activists, Christina Brown founded the Cincinnati chapter of Black Lives Matter. Her leadership also extends to nonprofit boards, including the Martin Luther King Coalition, Cincinnati Young Black Professionals, and Affordable Housing Advocates, among others.
Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Founding Director, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Tia Sherèe Gaynor (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor in Political Science. Her research focuses on the unjust experiences’ individuals at the intersection of race, gender identity and sexual orientation have when interacting with systemic racism and social hierarchy in public administration. Dr. Gaynor’s research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Dr. Gaynor recognizes that the scholarship and practice of public administrators can either serve as promoters of equity and justice or facilitators of injustice for underrepresented and marginalized populations. Her work is committed to not only recognizing this juxtaposition but offering strategies to foster justice and equity in the field. She holds a Ph.D. and MPA from the School of Public Affairs and Administration, at Rutgers University – Newark. She received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Additionally, Dr. Gaynor holds a Diversity Management Certification from the University of Houston’s International Institute for Diversity.
Carolette Norwood, Associate Professor of Sociology
Carolette Norwood (she/her/hers) is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Social Justice Certificate Program. Dr. Norwood’s research and teaching focuses on Black women, economic development, and sexual health disparities. Dr. Norwood is active in community organizations and serves as a board member for the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, a space where residents create and engage in participatory education to foster creative expression, self-determination, and social change. Dr. Norwood’s extensive research skills, knowledge in Black Feminism, and her strong relationship with undergraduate and graduate students makes her an ideal member of the center’s leadership team.
Kanisha Ervin, UC College of Law JD Candidate 2021
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Kanisha Ervin is an aspiring disruptor from Elk Grove, California. After witnessing the pitfalls of the juvenile law system through her work with JC Family Services, she understood how facially neutral policies can lead to disparate outcomes for marginalized communities. She graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish. Kanisha strives to improve the status and resources available to underrepresented groups at every institution she encounters, and these initiatives led her to UC law. A few of these efforts included: expanding bystander training at universities, creating and developing the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the OIP, and assisting in the release of an OIP client who spent more than 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Now residing in Kentucky, Kanisha is finishing her last year at the University of Cincinnati College of Law as a BLSA mentor, CASA volunteer in training and camp equity counselor.