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Meet Our Gender + Equality Center Staff

Come visit us:
Oklahoma Memorial Union
900 Asp Avenue, Suite 247
Norman, OK 73019

Or call us: (405) 325-4929

Office Hours: M-F, 8am - 5pm

Kathy A Fahl, Director


Kathy A Fahl is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and for the past 20 years has served in various nonprofit administrative capacities toward the advancement of women and girls.

Since 2007, Kathy has served as the director of the University of Oklahoma’s Gender + Equality Center.  In this role she coordinates gender-based violence prevention and response for the university as well as numerous programs for students including LGBTQ Ally – a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultural and awareness training that aims to create an LGBTQ-affirming campus. Kathy is a facilitator for the Start Smart campus initiative on the gender wage gap and pay equity for women.

As the University’s OU Advocates coordinator, Kathy manages a team of 40 volunteer advocates who respond to instances of campus sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment.  In 2012, she was certified as a Title IX Coordinator.

Kathy was also the 2014 NASW-OK Chapter Social Worker of the Year and received the Deana M. Franke Moving Upstream Award from the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, recognizing her work in the field of sexual assault prevention. 

Kathy is the past co-chair of the Cleveland County Sexual Assault Response Team and a member of the Cleveland County Coordinated Community Response Team for domestic violence.  She is also a Girl Scout troop leader for high school girls.

Bliss Brown, Programs Coordinator


Bliss Brown is the Programs Coordinator for the OU Gender + Equality Center. In this role she oversees the University’s sexual violence prevention efforts, including the Step In, Speak Out and Our Voice programs. She is also an OU Advocate.

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 Sulliva, OU Advocates Case Manager

Elisa Sullivan

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. 

Shelby Elliott, Office Manager and Assistant to the Director


Shelby Elliott is the Office Manager and Assistant to the Director for the OU Gender + Equality Center. In this role, she manages volunteers for the center, including recruitment, management, and appreciation. She is also an OU Advocate.

Shelby graduated from the University of Oklahoma in August of 2017 and received her B.S. in Medical Sciences and obtained a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

In her undergraduate career, Shelby was involved in multiple campus organizations including President’s Community Scholars, Campus Activities Council Crew (now Spark), and the Big Event Operations Staff. Shelby was also involved in Student Government Association’s Undergraduate Student Congress where she served as an Associate member, elected Representative for the Physical Sciences District, and Communications Committee Chair. As such, she worked to pass campus legislation addressing instances of discrimination and advocating for the equality of all students.

Shelby has worked in Student Affairs since 2013 as a Student Clerk for the Student Government Association. Passionate about the missions of the Gender + Equality Center and Student Affairs, she hopes to give back to the University that has given so much to her.