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 aCultivating Change chapter at OSU and providing professional development workshops to faculty, staff, and students on the Columbus and Wooster Campuses. He facilitates a weekly (biweekly during the summer) support group for CFAES graduate students struggling with mental health issues or the stress of balancing life with graduate school. The group began meeting in October 2018 and during the summer meets every other Wednesday evening at 4:30pm. In June 2019 a sister group was established on the Wooster campus. 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 a behavioral ecologist whose research interest is the mating behavior 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 the role of reproductive interference in 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 for the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. 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.