a catalyst. initiator.
social scientist. lecturer.
a creative. facilitator. Black PhD.
Born and raised in the American south by amazing military parents, I quickly developed a love for diverse cultures, hugs, the arts, storytelling + food for the soul. Additionally, I learned the value of discipline, having a strong work-ethic, and being efficient. I have over 15 years of professional experience in a variety of roles focusing on people development, organizational effectiveness, program management, higher education, and community engagement. My professional and scholarly experiences have given me expert knowledge in creating and sustaining diverse relationships and partnerships across local, regional, and global levels, as well as leading and serving on cross-functional teams. I have coordinated several campus and organization-wide conversations around difficult topics and have frequently presented at workshops, trainings and conferences.
It is important to note that I am committed to eradicating the injustices against Black people and have chosen to contribute to this work through my belief that [effective] communication and voice is power. I live this out loud with great fervor, by coaching students and community members on public speaking competencies so they can use their own voice for advocacy and transformative dialogue. I design creative, communication-based tools, programming, and trainings, that often integrate arts-based methods. In recognition of my work, in 2017 I was nominated by my colleagues at the University of Florida for the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs Inclusive Excellence in Diversity Award - Outstanding Staff Member. Additionally, in 2020, as the Truth and Racial Healing Transformation Center Intern at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), in collaboration with Center staff, I authored its first anti-racism statement. This statement is currently housed on the Center’s website and I was invited to speak to Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, former trailblazing UMBC President, about this project. This statement has created and continues to facilitate meaningful and transformative work and dialogue around UMBC's campus.
Lastly, I love to serve! I have held several executive board positions in professional organizations and am currently interested in board member opportunities, specifically with non-profit organizations serving youth and/or senior citizens that promotes mental health through public speaking and the arts.
B.A. Communication Studies, African-American Studies + Dance (Double Minor), University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A. Organizational Communication, Public Affairs (Concentration), Bowie State University #HBCUPride
Ph.D. Language, Literacy, and Culture | Interpersonal and Oral Communication (Specialization), University of Maryland Baltimore County