Robert Taylor Jr.
is a queer, Afro-Caribbean American Blackademic and self-declared Carib grannie. Hailing from the Wakefield section of the Bronx in New York, he is grounded in Afro-Caribbean roots, which influences his everyday experiences navigating life as a queer-black-fat- femme.
He is a graduate of New York University with Bachelor of Arts in History and Gender & Sexuality Studies. During his time at NYU, he dedicated his academic research to document the narratives of enslaved women’s agency in colonial Jamaica, trace the use of Obeah in the English speaking Caribbean and expose the current (mis)conceptions of the greater Caribbean by gaining a deeper understanding of the respective islands histories of consumption.
He was mentored in the field of Student Affairs within the Division of Student Diversity. During his mentorship as a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, he Co-Chaired the 2016 Northeast Queer & Trans People of Color Conference that centered envisioning a future for queer and trans people of color and has facilitated over 35 diversity trainings concerning issues of social justice, diversity/inclusion, and gender/sexuality.
During this time, he developed and presented his workshop on gender and sexuality in the Caribbean entitled “Queeribbean: Bridging the Intersections”. This past year, he presented his research entitled Authentic & Resilient Leaders: Supporting Queer & Trans Black Men in Leadership, that received the “Best in Presentation Award” on the Gender Studies Panel for the 2017 Undergraduate Research Conference. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Innovative Programming Award, the 2016 Hallmark of Student Affairs Award, the 2016 Presidential Service Award, and the 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award.
His activism within the LGBTQIA+ community at NYU, has grown his interest in researching topics on Intimate Partner Violence, youth culture, body positivity, and the intersections of queerness and faith, as they relate to persons of color.