Assistant Director for Social Justice
Romeo Jackson (they/them/theirs) serves as the assistant director for Social Justice in Student Diversity and Social Justice supporting education, outreach, and mentorship efforts. Romeo is also a part-time instructor in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Hailing from the southside of Chicago, and the grandchild of Gracie Lee Fowler, Jackson is a first-generation, queer, non-binary femme, and a Black descendant of the estimated 11 million Africans who were kidnapped and sold into enslavement. Jackson is a feminist dedicated to intersectional justice and cross-movement building. Their research, writing, and practice explores race/ism, settler colonialism, gender, and sexuality within a higher education context with an emphasis on the experiences of queer and trans students of color. Jackson is committed to uplifting and empowering queer and trans people of color through a Black queer feminist lens.
Jackson has co-authored book chapters on trans experiences in, out, and beyond higher education frameworks to center queer and trans people of color experiences. Their peer review articles focus on the state of LGBTQ research in higher education. Jackson also has forthcoming entries in the Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education on Gender-Based Microaggressions, Anti-Blackness, Settler Colonialism and Transnormativity, and book chapters in Deconstructing Whiteness in Higher Education & Student Affairs: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for the Pursuit of Racial Justice on Campus and Teaching and Learning for Social Justice in Higher Education.
Jackson holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts & Sciences (Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Certificate in LGBT Studies) from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy (Emphasis in Student Affairs Administration; Certificate in Community College Leadership) from the University of Utah. They are a Ph.D. student at Colorado State University in the Higher Education Leadership program.