Gender + Equality Center Staff
Meet The Team:
Director + OU Advocates Coordinator
Erin Simpson is a scholar-practitioner in Student Affairs specializing in equity and inclusion, curricular approaches to learning, and women’s leadership in higher education. Erin has twelve years of experience in Residence Life at the University of Oklahoma. She has been honored on campus with the Women’s and Gender Studies Robert D. Lemon Social Justice Staff Award, the Regent’s Distinguished Performance Award, and several honors from student organizations. Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, and is a doctoral candidate in the Adult and Higher Education department all here at the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, Erin has served the Gender + Equality Center as an OU Advocate for the past twelve years.
Gender-based Violence Prevention
Bliss Brown coordinates the Gender + Equality Center's gender-based violence prevention efforts, including the Step In, Speak Out and Our Voice programs. Bliss also serves as an OU Advocate and After-hours Coordinator.
Bliss has a long history at the Gender + Equality Center. As an undergraduate student, she was heavily involved with the Gender + Equality Center as a Peer Educator, Greek Ally Task Force member, and Gender-based Violence Prevention intern. Bliss was active in many other areas of campus throughout her undergrad years, including Camp Crimson Staff, Campus Activities Council, and Greek Life. In 2016, Bliss received the Rennie Cook Student Life Appreciation Award in recognition of her years of service to Student Life at the University of Oklahoma.
Before joining the Gender + Equality Center team Bliss worked as the Prevention Education Coordinator for the Norman Women’s Resource Center, teaching healthy relationship dynamics in K-12 and community settings. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Rape Response Advocate for the WRC Rape Crisis Center.
Bliss received her B.A. in Human Relations and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2016.
Elisa (Eli) Sullivan is the Case Manager for the OU Gender + Equality Center. In this role, she manages and monitors gender-based violence and harassment cases for OU Advocates, a 24/7 crisis line for the OU community. She also serves as an advocate on the OU Advocates team to provide support and assistance for those experiencing gender-based violence.
Prior to this role, Eli was a Graduate Assistant in the Gender + Equality Center and was involved in prevention education programs such as Step In, Speak Out and Our Voice. She played an integral role in planning and fundraising for Mosaic: Social Justice Symposium and the GEC's annual fundraiser, the Pink & Black Ball. During this time, she earned an M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs.
Before attending the University of Oklahoma, Eli received her Bachelor’s degree in Education at Saint Louis University.
Program Coordinator + Advisor,
Jordan Weaver coordinates the LGBTQ Ally program as well as advises the LGBTQ Program Advisory Board and LGBTQ Lounge Advisory Board. He also serves as an advocate for the OU Advocates team.
Jordan started his journey with the Gender + Equality Center as a graphic design intern. During that time he developed the current logo of the GEC and aided in the rebrand from the Women’s Outreach Center to the Gender + Equality Center. During his time at OU, Jordan was involved in a variety of organizations and programs – namely the Union Programming Board, Residence Life, Camp Crimson, and Campus Activities Council.
Jordan pursued a B.A. in Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma before continuing on to receive an M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education.
Office Manager & Assistant to the Director
Crissy Young is the Office Manager and Assistant to the Director for the Gender + Equality Center. In this role, she is responsible for the day to day operations of the office and assists with the many exciting programs the center provides. She is also an OU Advocate.
Before joining the Gender + Equality Center, Crissy was the Administrative Assistant for the University's Center for English as a Second Language. She has also been active in the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, where she directed “In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl and “Patient A” by Lee Blessing.
Crissy received a Bachelor of General Studies in Theatre and Film from the University of Kansas.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Gender + Equality Center
Oklahoma Memorial Union
900 Asp Avenue, Suite 247
Norman, OK 73019
|Erin Simpson||Director |
& OU Advocates Coordinator
|Bliss Brown||Programs Coordinator,|
Gender-based Violence Prevention
|Eli Sullivan||Case Manager,|
|Jordan Weaver||Coordinator + Advisor,|
|Crissy Young||Office Manager|
& Assistant to the Director