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Ousley Scholar-in-Residence

The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness (OADI) Ousley Scholar In Residency honors the legacy of Grace Ousley, the first black woman to graduate from Beloit College, and is a junior scholar/activist/organizer/intellectual who is committed to the theory and practice of social justice. They should embody the “academic hustler” who fights for “social justice” in all aspects of their work. Support for the residency comes from the Weissberg Program in Human Rights and Social Justice and the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness.

Tabias Olajuawon Wilson


Tabias Olajuawon Wilson, the 2018 Ousley Scholar-in-Residence, is an author, consultant, speaker, scholar-creator, and Ph.D. student, who was selected as one of BlogHERs 2017 Voices of The Year. Wilson’s work focuses on the intersections and compounded effects of race, law, sexuality, and gender in the United States.

Dr. Moya Bailey

September 28-29, 2017

As the first speaker of the inaugural Ousley Lecture, Dr. Moya Bailey will be discussing the significance of being the first in her own life and in the lives of prominent Black women. She complicates the celebration of the first by weaving in the silent struggle and hardship of being first, tackling the misogynoir that hides in the shadow of success.

Dr. Bailey's work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network. She is an assistant professor in the department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and the program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University.