Gender + Equality Center Staff
Meet The Team
Director + OU Advocates Coordinator
Erin Simpson is a scholar-practitioner in Student Affairs specializing in equity and inclusion, curricular approaches to learning, and women’s leadership in higher education. Erin has twelve years of experience in Residence Life at the University of Oklahoma. She has been honored on campus with the Women’s and Gender Studies Robert D. Lemon Social Justice Staff Award, the Regent’s Distinguished Performance Award, and several honors from student organizations.
Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, and is a doctoral candidate in the Adult and Higher Education department all here at the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, Erin has served the Gender + Equality Center as an OU Advocate for the past twelve years.
Gender-based Violence Prevention
Bliss Brown coordinates the Gender + Equality Center's gender-based violence prevention efforts, including the Step In, Speak Out and Our Voice programs. Bliss also serves as an OU Advocate.
Prior to 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.
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. 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.
Bliss received her B.A. in Human Relations and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2016.
LGBTQ Program Coordinator
Program Coordinator + Advisor,
Interviews in Progress
Amber May joined the Gender + Equality Center in August 2019, as the OU Advocates Case Manager. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Bachelor of Social Work from East Central University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. She came to the GEC from Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center, where she served as a care coordinator and therapist. Previous experiences include community advocacy at the YWCA in Oklahoma City, advocating for child and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; social work in a primary clinic settings; medical case management at the Infectious Disease Institute in Oklahoma City, serving persons diagnosed with HIV; and volunteer work at faith institutions serving those affected by Oklahoma’s deadly storms.
Amber is a first-generation Okie who loves this state and is dedicated to improving it. She is married to her high school sweetheart and the two have a grown daughter, a young puppy, and two cats. Amber’s hobbies include researching random things, reading, spending time with her family, and watching the miraculous invention that is Netflix. Coffee and dark chocolate make her happy.
Training & Development Coordinator
Training + Development Coordinator
Office Manager & Assistant to the Director
Crissy Young is the Office Manager and Assistant to the Director for the Gender + Equality Center. In this role, she is responsible for the day to day operations of the office and assists with the many exciting programs the center provides. She is also an OU Advocate.
Before joining the Gender + Equality Center, Crissy was the Administrative Assistant for the University's Center for English as a Second Language. She has also been active in the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, where she directed “In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl and “Patient A” by Lee Blessing.
Crissy received a Bachelor of General Studies in Theatre and Film from the University of Kansas.