The path that I took over the course of my educational journey has not been traditional. I grew up working-class in Wisconsin, and early on developed a love of learning which led me to become the first person in my family to graduate from college.
I worked for a few years in the medical insurance industry as a bilingual customer service representative before deciding to go back to school.
While pursuing my Master’s degree and facilitating diversity trainings, I discovered a love for teaching, mentoring, and qualitative ethnographic research, and set a new goal - to become a professor. I moved to Western Massachusetts for my doctoral studies at UMass Amherst.
As a UWW faculty member I have the privilege of teaching and advising students like I was - non-traditional, adults, first generation. My priority first and foremost is always to provide the fullest level of support, and to meet each student where they are in their learning journey.
- B.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, International Relations with a minor in Spanish
- M.A., Lesley University, Intercultural Relations with an area of specialization in training and consulting
- Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, Anthropology
- Graduate Certificate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
research and community interests
I am interested in research on and about teaching and student-centered learning. I also have a strong commitment to community engaged research focused on the intersections of race, gender, and health within the Black and Latinx urban communities in Springfield and Holyoke, MA. I have also been working on a project seeking to bring educational access and opportunity to the rural community of Lagoun, Haiti, with the Honor for Haiti Foundation.
My teaching interests are interdisciplinary, and have a common thread in relation to the themes of social justice and intersectionality. I have taught in a variety of departments and disciplines: African American Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Latino Studies, and Women's Studies.
Enjoys the outdoors, reading (favorite author: Junot Diaz), Latin music (favorite artist: Marc Anthony), cooking & baking, and the Green Bay Packers.