Position at CCPH: W.E.B. Du Bois Diversity Fellow
Year joined UMass: August, 2022
Education: Columbia University School of Social Work- Master of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities- Class of 2022; Hamilton College- Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philosophy- Class of 2016
I am passionate about working with young adults of color, especially as they are encountering the dual challenges of identity development and demands of college life. I am motivated to help all CCPH students with their unique set of strengths and challenges and hope to provide a space for self-expression and skill-building. Using a trauma-informed approach, I hope to help students navigate social, academic, and personal challenges and introduce new tools to improve and sustain their mental health and well-being.
My professional experience has centered around working with underserved communities and populations of color, both domestically and abroad. After graduating college, I lived in Indonesia for a year where I taught English and aimed to create cross-cultural connections. Afterward, I worked at the Posse Foundation in Washington, DC, where I recruited, trained, and supported students of color to build support systems to navigate Predominately White Institutions across the country. I supported students’ transitions from high school to college, working with them to build connections that encourage individual strengths and promote interpersonal connections. After entering college, I continued to provide support through on-campus check-ins and connecting students to various campus resources. Through working with students of color and my own college experience, I have seen firsthand how institutional racism has affected students of color who experience culture shock and imposter syndrome. My own history with accessing mental health care has helped me understand the necessity of having racially diverse mental health professionals, which has further perpetuated my motivation to better help reduce health disparities and behavioral health outcomes for underserved populations as a person of color.