Adrienne Hill comes to Open Buffalo after several years in academia, where she spent seven years conducting research on and writing about LGBTQ history, as well as teaching gender and ethnic studies (which she collectively calls “Don’t Oppress People 101”) at the university level. Having honed her skills as an activist in Portland, Ore., where she participated in a number of pro-LGBTQ organizations and ballot initiatives, Hill is now a proud citizen of Buffalo, and has developed a passion for issues of economic equity and restorative justice. She has co-created, and teaches, a creative writing workshop for prisoners of Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, which aims to affirm and create a platform for the voices of the currently and formerly incarcerated in Erie County. As Scribe, she aims to similarly magnify and empower the voices of those with whom Open Buffalo works.
Hill holds a master’s degree in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In addition to her work with Open Buffalo, she works part-time as an adjunct instructor at Niagara University, and volunteers on the outreach committee for NOLOSE, a national body-positive LGBTQ conference.