Meet the Contributors 2019-20
Dr. Amy K. Milligan is the Batten Endowed Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University. She is also the director of the Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding. She is an ethnographer who is particularly interested in the folkloric manifestations of selfhood and identity on the body (hair, tattooing, clothing, etc.) and uses these questions of bodylore to explore lived experiences of gender, sexuality, and religion.
Logan Banks is a Senior majoring in political science while also pursuing a double minor in history, and film studies. In his free time he enjoys watching movies, reading, and exercising.
Kendall Barksdale is a twenty-one year old African American male from the city of Danville Virginia. He studies human services and minors in psychology. He is an extremely goofy individual and loves making people laugh and listening to all types of music. This semester he is taking two women studies courses in order to learn more about women in order to empower them as well as to learn more about his own cultural identity.
Amelia Baucum is currently a senior at Old Dominion University pursuing a B.S. in Human Services with a minor in Women’s Studies. Her hobbies include photography, painting and watching movies. She plans to move out west after graduation hoping to continue working with photography.
Brionna Bell is a Senior at Old Dominion University and will be graduating in the spring with a B.S in Human Services. She currently works at Food Lion and hates it! She recently got married to her high school sweetheart in April 2018. Brionna has moved throughout the DMV and is now planning to move to Georgia in the summer to start her life. Brionna would like to start her own daycare or wants to become a Psychiatrist for children with mental illnesses.
Gene Chieffo is retired Army Musician and teacher. He studied clarinet at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music (Clarinet Performance), and a Master of Education degree. A native Philadelphian, he performed with Army Bands all over North America, Europe, and Asia from 1985 until 2005. Upon his retirement from Army Bands, he taught in Philadelphia Area public schools for 15 years. He would like his third chapter to include taking his musical skills to the next level as a freelancer in the Hampton Roads area, publishing an article, or a poem…anything really, and perhaps finally figuring out what is happening inside of his head, and all around him, for the first time.
My name is Brandi Coins. I’m a 19 y/o sophomore majoring in criminal justice with a minor in film and video studies. I am a mom to my 2 y/o peakapoo (pekingese poodle mix), Mojito.
Nia Cook is a senior at Old Dominion University majoring in Health Services Administration with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is a person who works hard to make a difference in society as well as being a role model for young girls. She also strives to be successful and obtain growth personally and professionally in all her future endeavors.
Terri Fields is a senior at Old Dominion University majoring in Human Services with a minor in Health and Wellness. She is interested in health and fitness and how it impacts an individual’s life. Currently she works as a direct support professional at an non profit organization. In the future she plans on continuing her research in grief counseling.
Krystal (Krys) Tuzon Gonzalez (she/they) is a junior Theatre Performance major and Women’s Studies minor at Old Dominion University. Krys finds joy in makeup & fashion, video games, writing, drawing, music-ing, theatre-ing, and activities of artsy persuasion, and abides by a lifelong motto of continuously learning and striving towards self-improvement. They hope to pursue a career in theatre alongside cosmetology, and aspire to someday work as a galvanizing force within marginalized communities in the arts. “We’re not pawns of some scripted fate. I believe we’re more. Much more.”
My name is Raena Gradford. I’m a senior at Old Dominion University majoring in Comminication with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Women’s Studies. I’m from Richmond, Virginia, and I identify as biracial.
LaShawna Gunn is currently a Junior that is majoring in Health Services Administration with a minor in Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University. She’s a small town girl with big expectations. She enjoys learning about the different topics in Women’s Studies. She is excited to learn more about the understanding of Bodylore and all it’s fundamentals.
Mya Hampton is a 20-year-old senior at Old Dominion University who loves anything and everything to do with pop culture and the music industry. She is currently working towards obtaining a B.S. in Communication with an emphasis in media studies and a minor in marketing in May of 2020. She has always enjoyed broadening her horizons and learning more about herself and the world around her through traveling, meeting new people and connecting to others through music. This blog is the perfect outlet to push boundaries and openly express her thoughts about gender, sexuality, the body, and beyond.
Ellen-Christine Harris (Ellen) is finally a senior at the beautiful Old Dominion University! She will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies on May 10th. She loves to write poems, listen to music, as well as having “me time.” You can say she’s a bit of an introvert but, she’s very fun once she’s out of her shell. Cooking is a hobby that she loves to do. It’s very therapeutic for her. She loves to look up and create new recipes to broaden her skills. She also braids hair as a “side hustle.” She taught herself how to braid at the age of four years old, since then she’s perfected her craft and built a clientele in the 757 and 804 areas. She’s always curious to learn new things with an open mind. She’s excited to see what this semester has in store!
Alexis Hoggard is a senior at Old Dominion University studying Political Science and Geography. When she’s not driving the boat, she’s hitting the books!
Jas is a senior here at the illustrious Old Dominion University, majoring in Biology with a minor in Women Studies. In her spare time Jas likes to create useful but innovative diy projects, along with living in simplicity. She has future aspirations of becoming an Obstetrician/Gynecologist which is a small reason why she choose to have a minor in women studies, getting a social and academic understanding of both female and male anatomy. Upon graduating Jas plans on gaining an internship focusing on cellular and molecular biology or genetics. Jas is learning to become an open-minded person, so if you are interested in learning more about her please feel free to reach out!
Laudi is in her third year at ODU as a Women’s Studies major. She enjoys art of all forms, fashion, painting, poetry, and photography. Her poetry has also been print published numerous times, as she tends to explore hard to talk about subjects. Laudi loves to discuss the uncomfortable, and uses that as the platform for a lot of her work. In her free time Laudi enjoys food of various cultures, dancing both provocatively and not, and the occasional witchy ritual.
N’Shaye Matthews is currently a senior at Old Dominion University pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. She loves animals, music, food, and traveling (when she can). N’Shaye loves to promote how important self-care and body positivity is; she loves uplifting people and helping in the community. She finds an interest in topics like sexuality, equality, and different cultures. Also, she likes learning new things, and how to apply them in her daily routine.
Megan H. is a Freshman at ODU currently majoring in History who loves dogs, 80s music, and Disney World. Megan is interested in topics like feminism, gender, sexuality, and how the media effects how people view themselves.
Monique is a junior at Old Dominion University. She is majoring in Nursing with a minor in Women’s Studies. After receiving her B.S., she plans to get her M.S in Nurse-Midwifery and open a birthing center. She believes in taking an “all-natural” approach in life, hoping to find ways to apply it in the healthcare field. She is a confident BBW who believes in body and sex positivity. She possesses positive traits such as compassion, kindness, and empathy which will continue to push her through life.
Tamia Moore is currently is junior at Old Dominion University, majoring in Women’s Studies while also being on a pre-med track to be a physician assistant. She definitely sticks out of the crowd by herself. She’s very humanitarian and loves to give advice. She likes to be a leader and not a follower. To be a leader, you have to lead by example and once you do that, others will want to follow you.
Aiyana Roll is a current junior at Old Dominion University who is double majoring in English with a focus in Journalism and Women’s Studies. Along with writing and studying gender, race, and bodylore, she is also passionate about cosmetology and fashion. She expresses her love for makeup through working as a makeup artist at Sephora, and is able to show her love for fashion and thrifting by working at Starlight Exchange, a resale boutique. She hopes to one day combine all of her passions by writing for a blog or magazine where she is able to discuss beauty, fashion, the body, feminism, equality, intersectionality… the list goes on. She also loves coffee, her cat Mouse, food, music, and tattoos.
Priscilla L. Roman is a United States Navy-Seabee Veteran and a First-Generation graduate student. Priscilla earned the title of Magna Cum Laude on her Bachelor of Arts degree from Old Dominion University in 2018, while majoring in the field of Communication with concentrations in Public Relations, Persuasion, and Advocacy. Priscilla is presently studying within the Master of Arts Lifespan & Digital Communication Program at Old Dominion University, in addition to earning a graduate certificate in Social Justice & Entrepreneurship. Priscilla will complete her Master of Arts project in the spring of 2021 and will graduate in May 2021. Priscilla is a member of the ODU Student Veterans Association and intermittently volunteers her time coordinating resources for other veterans interested in attending graduate school. Priscilla is presently the M.A. Lifespan & Digital Communication 2019-2020 graduate program assistant for Old Dominion University at the Norfolk, Virginia, campus.
Priscilla is passionate about critically analyzing and exploring themes pertaining to disability media studies, gender, femininity, branding and toys, disability pop-culture, and the lifespan representation of bodies with disabilities (adult manikins, public art, and children’s toys) advertised and marketed to consumers. Priscilla will pursue her passions on a local level, by studying everyday life scenarios for students with disabilities on the Old Dominion University campus and the digital disability media technology resources offered. Priscilla aspires to attain an entrepreneurial leadership position within the military, or public retail and marketing sector, to advocate for the modification of traditional manikins embodying carbon fiber limbs, hearing aids, holding service animals, and displaying other conditions, in order to inspire social justice upon the completion of her Master of Arts degree and Social Justice & Entrepreneurship graduate certificate. Priscilla enjoys living life to the fullest with all of her family and friends!
Haley Saks is a freshman at ODU with an intended major in Psychology and a minor in Women Studies. Her goal for her career is to receive her M.D and become a licensed Psychiatrist. Along with studying Psychology, Haley also see Women’s Studies as an extremely important piece of her education. In understanding the mind and in becoming more socially aware. She is also a member of the Theta Eta chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma on campus and serves as the PHC delegate on the executive board. She is excited for her time at ODU and what is to come after it.
CLAUDE STUNTIN’ is a 21 year old college senior and was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. Claude is a feminist and an advocate for young black men pursuing higher education. Claude is a songwriter and records music as well.
Tee-Tee is a senior in her last semester here at ODU. She’s super creative which can lead to her zoning out and creating different scenarios or ideas that may or may not actually come true. She’s super passionate about equal rights especially for the black community. She has no problem speaking her mind but she genuinely loves helping others in any positive way that she can. She loves decorating her body with tattoos, nail art (especially since she’s a nail tech), and changing her hairstyles as often as she can as a form of self expression.
Ally is a newly transfer student at Old Dominion University. She is planning to major in public health and pursue a career as a physician assistant. Ally is from Fredericksburg, VA with heritage from El Salvador, where both her parents immigrated from.