My passion for equity in education dates back to my middle school years when I observed the inequities in access to quality education firsthand. During this time, I attended a tracked public school, an un-tracked public school and a private college prep. The rigor of the curriculum and the resources available at each school varied based on the track a student was on and based on the school’s funding. My eyes were opened to the fact that students in the better resourced college prep with the rigorous curriculum were receiving a much better education and would have more opportunities in the future as a result.
As a higher education professional, I have experience making sure more students have access to rigorous, high quality education in many environments. I have worked in scholarship and fellowship administration to increase underrepresented students in STEM fields nationwide. I have managed an undergraduate research program to support the careers of underrepresented students in STEM fields. I am currently a First Year Seminar instructor at Durham Technical Community College. In my current role, I teach well-prepared and under-prepared college students how to make a successful transition from high school (or the workforce) to college, and ultimately how to thrive in college and beyond.
In addition to my professional experience in student success, I bring a deep understanding of how humans learn and best teaching practices from the Ph.D. in Psychology and Certificate in College Teaching I earned at Duke University.
Helping all students succeed in college is a challenging, but worthy goal. Important challenges like equity in higher education benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. I combine my in-the-trenches experience supporting diverse students in higher education with my deep understanding of the learning theory and best teaching practices to help your higher education institution make meaningful change.