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.
Prior to 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.
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. 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.
Bliss received her B.A. in Human Relations and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2016.
LGBTQ Program Coordinator
Program Coordinator + Advisor,
Interviews in Progress
Amber May joined the Gender + Equality Center in August 2019, as the OU Advocates Case Manager. As the Case Manager, she is responsible for managing and monitoring gender-based violence and harassment cases for the University of Oklahoma. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), holding a Bachelor of Social Work from East Central University and Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. Previous experiences include individual and group therapy, care coordination, victim’s advocacy, primary clinic social work, and medical case management.
Amber is a first-generation Okie who loves this state and is dedicated to improving it. She is married to her high school sweetheart and the two have a grown daughter, a puppy, and two cats. Amber’s hobbies include researching random things, reading, spending time with her family, and watching the miraculous inventions of Netflix/Hulu/Prime. Good coffee and dark chocolate make her happy.
Jasmine Brown is responsible for creating working relationships with campus departments, faculty, staff, and underrepresented populations across the University of Oklahoma in order to promote and improve the resources and programs of the GEC.
Prior to joining the Gender + Equality Center team, Jasmine worked in Academic Affairs as an Advisor at Price College. She also has previous experience working in the Office of Academic Integrity Programs and for the College of Engineering Student Life/Women in Engineering Program. Jasmine has felt drawn to working in areas of higher education involving student services for gender-based violence prevention and education for professional, personal and educational reasons. Jasmine’s skills surrounding victim advocacy in particular for victims of violence, sexual assault and/ or bias incidents are an integration of hands-on training, research, and her personal initiative to learn and develop skills.
Jasmine earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at Baylor University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education, with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration.
Jasmine’s current areas of research interest focus on a deeper understanding of the process and procedure of Title IX departments/office. Through her research, she also is wanting to provide a broader understanding of women of color on college campuses, specifically, Black Women in Higher Education, and addressing the experiences of women of color in regards to sexual violence on a college campus. Jasmine hopes her position as the Outreach Coordinator in conjunction with her research will help others gain new and better perspectives while also providing a social justice approach to gender-based violence.
Training + Development Coordinator
Liv Whitley is the Training and Development Coordinator for the Gender + Equality Center. In this role, she serves as the primary trainer for the full educational portfolio of the GEC and implements sequenced learning experiences for campus stakeholders.
She hails from the great state of Texas by way of Northwest Arkansas where she worked in the nonprofit community for several years. Prior to doing that, she received a BA in International Studies from Midwestern State University with a focus in history and feminism. During her collegiate years, Liv developed a strong sense of self in her activism for reproductive justice and community development which she continues to infuse into all of her professional endeavors. Her goal is to facilitate meaningful dialogue around gender, sexuality and racial justice to strengthen equity and inclusion in our community.
In her free time, Liv loves to thrift shop and study birth charts (hers as well as others). She fluently speaks GIF, is always up-to-date on pop culture, and reveres all things Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.
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.