Dr. Leo Taylor joined the office of Diverstiy, Equity, and Inclusion in September 2018 with a 50/50 appointment as Program Manager and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology. In November of 2019 he left research and transitioned to full-time in his DEI role.
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, through Extension, as well as programs for the entire OSU community. He also facilitates a weekly support group for OSU graduate students and a weekly peer-led support group for OSU postdocs. Please continue reading to learn a little more about Leo.
Dr. Leo Taylor is an evolutionary biologist and entomologist who, prior to leaving research in 2019, was interested in 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 his popular course, Biology of Sex, 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, LGBTQ+ individuals, BIPOC, people living with HIV, and those struggling with the unwarranted stigma associated with pathologized neurodivergence (e.g., “mental illness”). His work in the transgender community includes founding and facilitating several peer-led support groups, hosting legal clinics, serving as a consultant to Cornell administrators 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. In his spare time Leo enjoys learning how to play the guitar, sewing, growing food, making art, and spending time with his two dogs.