About the directors
Assistant Provost for Diversity & LGBT Center Director
Cultural Center, Room 108
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Brian Buford is the assistant provost for diversity and director of the LGBT Center. With nearly 30 years of service to the University of Louisville, Brian has dedicated his career to building a campus community where all students, faculty and staff feel welcome, safe and included. Key achievements under his leadership include: opening a staffed LGBT Center in 2007, the first of its kind in Kentucky; earning a five-star rating on the Campus Pride Index; launching the Bayard Rustin themed housing community for LGBT students and allies, the first of its kind in the south; launching a satellite LGBT Center on the Health Sciences Center campus; partnering with community leaders on Feast on Equality, a signature fundraising event; and being hailed by LEO Weekly as the most LGBT friendly public university in the south. As assistant provost, Brian guides university departments in creating diversity plans and reviewing progress toward meeting diversity goals; develops and delivers diversity trainings; serves as chair of the Bias Incident Response Team; and advises the administration on campus climate issues and concerns. Brian also serves the university through his adjunct faculty position in the College of Education, Educational and Counseling Psychology Department, and as a trainer/consultant for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Honors and recognitions include: Proclamation, Louisville Metro Council, 2014; Humanitarian Award, Association of Black Students, University of Louisville, 2013; Louisville Connector, Leadership Louisville, 2010; Outstanding Service Award, University of Louisville, 1996. Brian counts among his most treasured accomplishments a thru-hike of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2007 and Spain’s 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2012. Brian uses he/him/his pronouns.
Director of LGBTQ Programs & Services
Northern Kentucky University
Covington, KY 41015
Bonnie Meyer is the first Director of LGBTQ Programs & Services at Northern Kentucky University. The office, now in its third year, supports LGBTQ and ally students, faculty, staff, and the greater Northern Kentucky community through education, advocacy, and awareness efforts. Prior to coming to NKU, she was a graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, were she is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation in the Department of Educational Leadership with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation study explores the role of a LGBTQ office under an inclusive excellence model in shaping perceptions of allyship. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Language Arts Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching English, both from Miami University.
Bonnie has nearly fifteen years of teaching experience and is most passionate about working to create a campus climate where all feel welcome and her favorite part of her role at NKU is working with the students. She believes strongly that in order to improve one’s community, one must be involved in community efforts. Because of this, she serves on numerous community organizations and initiatives. She is currently the president of Northern Kentucky fairness and is also on the Board of Directors for the Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington and the Friends of Steely Library.
Bonnie resides in Covington with her wife, Katie, and their three dogs. She also has two awesome teenagers.
Bonnie uses she/her/hers pronouns.
Director of LGBTQ* Resources
Blazer Hall, Room 302
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
Lance Poston is the founding Director of LGBTQ* Resources at the University of Kentucky. In this capacity, he supports the Vice President for Institutional Diversity and the broader community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni as the university’s chief officer focused on diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. His office serves an immediate campus community of 50,000 individuals and is focused on increasing LGBTQ* visibility and decreasing marginalization through education, advocacy, and community support. Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar of LGBTQ* communities, Lance attended Presbyterian College for his undergraduate studies and Ohio University (OU) for his masters and doctoral work. Prior to joining the Wildcat Family, Lance was a faculty member in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at OU. Outside of teaching and research, Lance has extensive experience in university advocacy and non-profit management. He serves on the boards of several forward-thinking groups including Equality Ohio, the Buckeye State’s largest LGBTQ* policy institute and political action organization. Lance uses he/him/his pronouns.
Jody Cofer Randall
226b Wells Hall
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Jody Cofer Randall coordinates the Office of LGBT Programming at Murray State University (MSU). She is a member and former co-chair of the MSU President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. Jody chairs of the Heartland CARES, Inc. Board of Directors, as well as the City of Murray Human Rights Commission. In 2013, Jody received the MSU President’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion and in 2011 she received an MSU Staff Excellence Award. She served on the Board of Directors for the national Equality Federation from 2009-2015. She holds a Masters of Science in Human Development and Leadership with an emphasis in college student personnel from MSU. Jody has been employed at MSU since the fall semester of 2001. Jody uses she/her/hers pronouns.