MA Candidate - Black Queer Studies
Ramon is an educator, interdisciplinary artist, and sociologist who is developing a concentration in Black Queer Studies at Gallatin. A native of Ellenwood, Georgia, Ramon received their Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehouse College with Cum Laude honors. As a Richard J. Koppenaal Scholar, much of Ramon’s work explores Black LGBTQ+ institutional politics at “single-sex” HBCUs and more recently, fatphobia, identity formation, and ontology. Ramon is interested in how “racialized and imperialist conceptions” like gender harms the socialization process of Black people and Black “single-sex” institutions. While completing their MA at NYU, Ramon worked as a graduate assistant at NYU’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center. They later transitioned and continued documenting and archiving the LGBTQ+ political history of Morehouse College. This research experience paired with their previous organizing efforts also impacted their perspective on institutional queer/transphobia and how LGBTQ+ student labor is exploited to promote diversity and inclusion.