Dr. Leo Taylor joined the office as Program Director for Diverstiy, Equity, and Inclusion in September 2018. Until November 2019 Leo held a 50/50 appointment as Program Director and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology.
After arriving at OSU Leo spearheaded the creation of a Cultivating Change student organization and now serves as the staff advisor. He provides professional development workshops to CFAES students, staff, and faculty on the Columbus and Wooster Campuses. He also facilitates a weekly (biweekly during the summer) support group for OSU graduate students struggling with mental health issues or the stress of balancing life with graduate school. Leo founded the group in October 2018. 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.