Tobias Spears has been appointed Director of Diversity Initiatives. He has worked in diversity and inclusion for over four years at Bowling Green State University, and prior to that, he spent seven years at Georgia Tech within their Department of Housing. Most recently, Tobias served as Director of the LGBTQ Student Life Office here at the University of Chicago. Tobias has a background in cultural studies and considers himself a scholar-practitioner, as he is currently completing his dissertation study, which focuses on black gay men, media, and representation. Tobias was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY., he holds a Master’s degree in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Georgia State University, and a bachelors in history from SUNY Binghamton.