The LGBTQ Programs & Services Office was created in the summer of 2013. As part of the Office of Student Affairs, we are committed to offering programs and services to increase visibility, awareness, and advocacy for the LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty at Northern Kentucky University.
We are located in the Student Union, Suite 309 with the African American Student Initiatives, Disability Programs & Services, and Latino Programs & Services Offices.
Bonnie is the founding director of the Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services at NKU. In five years, the Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services has drastically increased awareness, education, and advocacy efforts for the LGBTQA community on campus and throughout the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region, and NKU was named one of the top 50 institutions in the country for LGBTQ inclusiveness.
In addition to her work at NKU, Bonnie is engaged in a number of efforts around equity and community development. She has served as the President of NKY Fairness for the past seven years, organizing the annual NKY Pride Fest and advocating for local Fairness Ordinances in Northern Kentucky. Bonnie also serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky Junior Board, and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Cincinnati LGBTQ council.
Bonnie is an educator by trade and pairs that with her passion for LGBTQ inclusion through LGBTQ+ Ally and Trans Ally trainings that she conducts across sector, throughout the Greater Cincinnati Region. She’s also teaches in the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Teacher Education Departments at NKU, where she has developed a LGBTQ focused study abroad program in Europe.
Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated English Language Arts Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching English, both from Miami University. She is in her final year of dissertation writing. Her dissertation, Queering Inclusive Excellence: The Role of a LGBTQ Office in Shaping Perceptions of Allyship, will examine the role LGBTQ offices have in creating allyship across identities and orientations in diversity centers.
Bonnie lives in Covington with her wife (Katie), daughter (Alyssa), son (Kyle), and their two dogs. In her free time she enjoys working in the yard, yoga, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Phone: (859) 572 - 5835