Ebony R. Gordon is a 2014-graduate of Tennessee State University holding a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She wishes to continue and obtain a Master’s Degree in Human Development Counseling with a concentration in Corrections-Based Counseling. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for Project UNO of Street Works, in Nashville, Tennessee. Project UNO is a program in the Nashville area that focuses on empowerment, outreach, and education surrounding issues concerning African American Men who sleep with men (the AAMSM community).
Ebony’s HIV advocacy began when she personally witnessed a close family member suffer from the disease and its affects and since his death, she has vowed to do all she could to educate and empower her peers about HIV/AIDS. She began volunteering with Project UNO at its inception in 2013 and through her diligence and commitment, was offered a full-time position. During her time with Street Works, Project UNO, Ebony successfully planned and executed a Mayoral-Community Health Forum for the Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee community, bringing more awareness to the growing HIV-epidemic in Middle Tennessee. Ebony’s goals for HIV is to demystify the stigma surrounding HIV and other STDs, and to eradicate the epidemic through education and prevention efforts in communities at greatest risk of infection. Miss Gordon serves on the Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Trials Network Community Advisory Board, the Nashville HIV Regional Planning Council, the planning committees for the Red Door Foundations Saving Ourselves Symposium and the Vanderbilt University Out In Front LGBT Conference. She offers her time and resources in various volunteer capacities and continues coalesce her current skill-set to be the change she wishes to see in the world.