Dr. Leo Taylor joined the office in September 2018. He is working part-time in the office as a program director and has a 50% appointment as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology.
Leo is spearheading the creation of a Cultivating Change chapter at OSU and providing professional development workshops to faculty, staff, and students on the Columbus and Wooster Campuses. He is collaborating with a CFAES graduate student to offer a peer-led support group for CFAES graduate students struggling with mental health issues. This group began meeting in October 2018 and meets every Friday evening at 5:30pm. Please contact him for more details and to get location information (taylor.3408). Please continue reading to learn a little more about him.
Dr. Leo Taylor is an entomologist whose research interest is the behavioral ecology of insects and spiders. He was born and raised in Muncie, IN and received a B.S. in psychology (’98) and M.S. in biology (‘05) from Ball State University. In 2015 he received his Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University where he researched native lady beetle decline. After graduating from Cornell Leo taught biology courses at Ithaca College and held the position of Program Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Leo is passionate about equity and inclusion in academia, particularly issues facing women and LGBTQ individuals, people living with HIV and those struggling with the stigma associated with mental illness. His work with the transgender community includes founding and facilitating several peer-led support groups, serving as an advisor to the Cornell administration in their efforts to improve the experience of transgender students, and contributing to the development of the transgender health care program at the Cornell Health Center.