photo credit: Jamie Biver

My name is Aubrey Hicks, I currently live on unceded territories of the Tongva/Chumash … Los Angeles. My work is through ASU in California as the Managing Director of the The Difference Engine, and ASU-wide center for the future of equality. My focus at the center is working with our amazing students, staff, faculty, and community members. We work together to find ways to make a positive impact; to learn how to build communities, foster creativity and connection, and leave the world a tiny bit better than it was when we came into it.

These daily conversations have me thinking about politics, governance, and democracy. The strength of democracy lies within it’s people. To thrive, the people must be willing to be neighbors. To recognize our duty to each other. It scares me that this feels impossible some days.

How did I get here?

I’m a book geek. Have been since middle school – I had a crush on a certain boy who was reading a SciFi/Fantasy novel. Once I had the novel in my hands, that boy was forgotten. My scholarly background is in literature and library science, and I’ve held positions in publishing, academic administration, and project management.

I read. Voraciously.

I work to be antiracist. I work to be feminist. I believe in equity, inclusion, and the messy beauty of diversity. There is no one right answer … only possibilities that we haven’t even imagined yet.

Los Angeles is my adopted home. I was an Army brat, so L.A. is as home as I’ll ever be! I live with my partner and our four cats and a lonely dog – plus the raccoons, possums, birds, bees, & wild kitties we try to keep safe in the neighborhood.



Photos on this website are all mine, unless otherwise noted.

Here are Iris and Snow, they’ve crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I miss them.
This is a photo of Iris
This is a photo of Snowdrop, Snowdrop