As someone who is first gen and grew up below working class and outside of the dream of Higher Education, I intimately know the immense economic obstacles placed before students who are attempting to acquire a Bachelors and/or Graduate degrees. I know how difficulties can stop individuals and how they can serve as motivators. As a white bisexual woman, I believe it is my responsibility to challenge and intentionally debunk systemic structures of white supremacy in order to work towards manifesting racial equity and economic justice in every situation. I am called to examine my own blind spots and to not let them inhibit me from creating a vision.
I could not have gotten here alone. Theater and Writing professors mentored me along my own educational path, and their guidance combined with my internal grit motivated me to continue to be both an educator and a learner. In workshops and with students, my cultural responsive pedagogy of teaching centers on four words: validate, affirm, build and bridge. I am passionately committed to helping first gen, low income writers from under-represented communities across the disciplines through the written word. I want individuals to have an intentional relationship to the language in which they speak, and to believe in the possibilities of joy.
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