Jay Watts, M.S., M.ED., WASC (She/They)
Hailing from Appalachia (Poosey Ridge, Kentucky), Jay Watts has spent more than a decade in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They are certified through the World Association of Sex Coaches and beginning AASECT Sex Counseling supervision in January 2021. She has been in the field of sex education and coaching for almost ten years working with individuals, partners, faith-based institutions, universities, non-profit, and school systems to bring transformative inclusive body and sexual health curriculum, consultation, and training.
Informed by her impoverished roots and intersectional identity, she has aided in the support of more than 28 school districts, 30 higher educational institutions, 12 corporate settings, 42 non-profits, and more than 60,000 touch points of development at local and national conferences as a keynote and esteemed facilitator/speaker. In 2011, she also aided in the development of a student parent program at the University of Toronto.
In addition to this experience, Jay Watts has published more than 8 academic journals in the areas of social justice, education, and diversity. Most notably, two
publications in the Encyclopedia of Social Justice and Diversity (2015) in the areas of rural education and cultural taxation. Academically, Jay has completed
a Bachelors in Social Studies Education from the University of Louisville (2010) and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Eastern Kentucky University
(2012) and a Master of Education in Cultural Foundations of Education from Kent State University (2020).
She is currently completing her doctoral studies in 2022 at Walden University in the field of Human Services: Mental Health with a focus in Sex & Healing. Her dissertation topic is on "The Link Between Racial Trauma and Sexual Shame for Black Women Survivors of Sexual Trauma." She is also completing independent research on healing centered engagement as a tool for empowerment for survivors of trauma.
Jay Watts has an esteemed portfolio of professional experience. She was the previous Educational Coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University for TRiO, Educational Talent Search. She also served there as an Executive Diversity Council member for 2 years during that time. Jay also was an Academic Advisor II & Diversity Trainer for Kent State University. In addition, she was a Diversity
Consultant for Dr. Roger Cleveland's Millennium Learning Concepts, LLC. where she aided in the development of culturally relevant and responsive curriculum, behavioral management plans, and co-created an equity audit tool being used around the United States.
Jay also was the previous Assistant Director of
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/LGBTQ+ Resource Coordinator at Kenyon College where she developed training, policy, protocol, and pedagogy to assist in the
college's strategic initiatives. She also has previously served as the Director of the CARE Initiatives, a domestic violence/sexual violence prevention department at Manchester University. Currently, Jay is the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging-Central Indiana for Ivy Tech Community College and sits on their executive cabinet as one of 12 leaders that make the decisions for the service area. Jay is also the President of DiversiFirm Group, LLC where she leads a team dedicated towards diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices, training, and assessments that support K-12, higher education, non-profit, and corporations. She is also the Executive Director/Founder of The Center for Inclusive Sexuality Education & Healing where she is a sex coach and educator. She hopes to blossom this into a space for radically inclusive education, victim advocacy training, and sex counseling support.
In 2018, Jay was awarded Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly 40 under 40: the second youngest in her cohort. She also has been honored with distinguished research awards from AACTE and a former Holmes Scholar. Jay is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and a consultant for The Ministerium. She is also the President of Northwest Civic Community. Jay was on the founding
board for the 1st GLSEN Chapter in Indiana (GLSEN-Fort Wayne).