Alumni News

October 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

Notable Alumni | Alum Dedicated to Working with LGBTQ Youth in New York

Graphic for College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni Award

Editor’s Note: The College of Arts & Sciences launches the Notable Alumni Awards, honoring 37 Notable Alumni in 2017 for broad accomplishments in their careers, a commitment to community service, and valuable contributions to Ohio University, the College of Arts & Sciences, and its students.

Bryson Rose ’09 African American Studies

Ohio University alum Bryson Rose is a social justice practitioner, community organizer, diversity and inclusion trainer, and public thought leader based in New York City.

In 2009, Rose graduated from the Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences with a B.A. in African American Studies.

Bryson Rose

Bryson Rose

He is the current Assistant Director of Training in the Center for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy and Capacity Building at Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s premier organization serving LGBTQ youth and their families.

At Hetrick-Martin, Rose is charged with designing and facilitating research-based curricula aimed to improve how human service providers and educational institutions support LGBTQ youth.

Rose’s area of focus include addressing health disparities through the lenses of trauma informed care, anti-oppressive frameworks, historical trauma work, community centered solution creation and writing as healing. His writings on psycho-sexual development, gender, and performance have been featured on The Huffington Post and The Fresh Xpress.

Bryson Rose

Bryson Rose

Before joining the HMI community, Rose was the Health Educator at Binghamton University, where he oversaw all of the health education initiatives and partnerships, and served the instructor of a public health course focusing on the issues impacting college students. He also created a support group for LGBTQ-identified students and served as adviser for an LGBTQ student of color organization, SHADES.

Actively involved in community efforts throughout NYC, Rose served on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s HIV Planning Group, leading the testing and linkage to care subcommittee and most recently, been nominated to served on the Mayoral Sexual Health Education Task Force aimed to improve sexual health curricula in NYC public schools.

A native of Columbus, OH, Rose enjoys all things Midwestern: college football and basketball, Cleveland-based sports (Go Browns and CAVS!), homecomings and tailgating, and the changing of seasons.

Rose also believes in the power of mentoring and has the most amazing 8-year-old mentee ever, Gary, who keeps him on his toes at all times while they run around exploring the make-believe land of Brooklyn.

Connections to Ohio University

  • Member, POWER (2006 – 2009)
  • President, SHADES (2007 – 2008)
  • LINKS Peer Advisor (2007 – 2009)
  • Baker University Conference Host (2006 – 2009)
  • Cultural Arts Chair, Black Student Cultural Programming Board (2007 – 2008)
Rose and classmates two celebrate OHIO homecoming by posing for a photo

Rose and classmates celebrate OHIO homecoming.

Favorite Bobcat Memory

“At the end of my freshman year, I was inducted into Promoting Ohio University Wellness, Education, and Responsibility (POWER). My first event I helped to facilitate was a late-night program in the then Lindley Multi-cultural Center aimed to give students alternatives to drinking and going uptown. We had a ton of food, a karaoke machine, and a lot of fun. So many of my friends and other students came out to support, and it was the first time I realized that I wanted to work with students! I’m so grateful for my time spent with POWER.”

Rose and OHIO classmates celebrate Kushinda, wearing cap and gowns

Rose and OHIO classmates celebrate Kushinda

Ohio University Mentor

“Simply put, my time at Ohio University wouldn’t have been the same without the words and wisdom of Angela D. Davis. Angie, as most of us know her, was the most selfless and supportive student affairs staff member. While working for her in Baker, I learned the importance of teamwork, being consistent, and paying close attention to detail. As a member of SHADES under her guidance as adviser, I learned valuable lessons about what leadership should look and feel like, and that failure could be one of our  greatest lessons. And just as a student, Angela made everyone she was around feel welcome and safe and to this day, many of us often reflect on just how impactful her presence was on us.”

Rose and fellow members of POWER

Rose and fellow members of POWER

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