Romeo is also a descendent of the estimated 11 million Black Africans who were kidnapped and held in captivity which resulted in their enslavement. They are a feminist dedicated to intersectional justice and cross movement building. Currently, Romeo is the Assistant Director of Social Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas overseeing education, outreach, and mentorship efforts. Their research, writing, and practice explores Race/ism, anti-Blackness, and Settler Colonialism within a Higher Education Context with an emphasis on the experiences of Queer and Trans Students of Color. Romeo is committed to uplifting and empowering queer and trans people of color through a black queer feminist lens. Grounded and guided by the ancestral power that transcends the grave Romeo thanks Gracie Lee Fowler and Audre Lorde for keeping them committed to their whole-self and making sure they are not tokenized for their identities in a world committed to stealing their knowledge and essence for the advancement of white supremacy.
Romeo holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts & Sciences (Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Certificate in LGBT Studies) from Northern Illinois University, a M.Ed in Educational Leadership & Policy (Emphasis in Student Affairs Administration; Certificate in Community College Leadership) from the University of Utah, and is a PhD student at Colorado State University in the Higher Education Leadership program. Amongst their many accolades Romeo is currently the Assistant Director for Social Justice at The University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
Romeo has co-authored book chapters on trans experiences in, out, and beyond higher education. They have created frameworks to center queer and trans people of color experiences, and peer review articles on the state of LGBTQ research in higher education. Jackson also has forthcoming entries in the Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education on Gender-Based Microaggressios, Anti-Blackness, Settler colonialism, and Transnormativity. Additionally, they wrote chapters in Deconstructing Whiteness Higher Education & Student Affairs: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for the Pursuit of Racial Justice on Campus and Teaching and Learning for Social Justice in Higher Education.
Romeo is motivated by their inherited resilience and dedication to see higher education that caters to BIPOC queer and trans students. From growing up on the southside of Chicago, applying their experiences, and education to their framework Romeo has perfected sustainable institutional programming, workshops, and individualized facilitation to foster an environment designed for communities most under resourced that will bridge the gap from inequity to social, individual, and institutional equity.