Ashley Simmons is a current Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas. She graduated from Howard University with her Bachelor’s and Bowie State University with a Master’s in English. Most of her research has focused on the exploration of queer futures as heterotopian sites. Through the BBIP Scholars program, Ashley hopes to expand upon her other research area, black transgressive fiction. In addition to her studies, Ashley has a background in media education and civic engagement in the after school setting. Students she has worked with received awards for their documentary on the intersection of police brutality with a national lack of resources dedicated to student engagement during and after school. Ashley hopes to continue her passion for media production and education while pursuing her Ph.D. at KU.