a catalyst for story + narrative sharing.
social scientist. lecturer.
Black PhD student.
a creative. facilitator.
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. As an outgoing introvert, I am a #relationships-focused, #human-centered person, an organic communicator, and natural networker. 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 campus and organization-wide conversations around a variety of difficult topics and have frequently presented on these topics at workshops, trainings and conferences.
I value opportunities that allow me to connect my lived and professional experiences in meaningful ways. I am fortunate to do this in my role as an Education Programs Specialist with the US Department of State. In this role, I design, teach and facilitate customized training and off-site programs for incoming Foreign Service Officers and other clients within the Department.
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 communicating 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 voice for advocacy. 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 anti-racism statement. This statement is housed on the Center’s website and I was invited to speak to Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, UMBC’s President, about this project. This statement has created and continues to facilitate meaningful and transformative work and dialogue around campus.
I can't fail to mention that I love to serve! I have held several executive board positions in professional organizations and am currently looking for additional opportunities, specifically serving as a board member of a youth, arts, or senior citizens-based nonprofit organization that empowers and advocates for the Black community.
B.A. Communication Studies, African-American Studies + Dance (Double Minor), University of North Carolina at Greensboro #SpartanPride
M.A. Organizational Communication, Public Affairs (Concentration), Bowie State University #HBCUPride
Currently in the Language, Literacy and Culture PhD program, University of Maryland Baltimore County #GoRetrievers