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. I also help coordinate UWW's annual Social Justice Residency. 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, Latin music (favorite artist: Marc Anthony), cooking & baking, and the Green Bay Packers.