Being the first in my family to go to college, I am a proud first-generation student of life (1st gener).  I attended the University of Michigan and majored in Psychology and African American Studies.  Then I did what every good 1st gener does….I went to law school. I earned my JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
While I loved the study of law, however, the practice of it left me flat.
So, when I interviewed with a law firm and then for a University, I accepted
the position as Diversity Coordinator and never looked back.

 For approximately nine years, I served as a Director of Multicultural Affairs at various institutions around the country including
Davenport University,
The George Washington University, and
The University of Georgia.
I loved my time in student affairs and learned the value of
practicing rigorous, intentional inclusivity
in everything I do.

As a director, I was often asked to “guest lecture” in classrooms on various topics related to race and difference.  I found these opportunities quite fulfilling and decided to pursue a PhD so that I could become a professor.  With the support of my family, I applied and was accepted to Emory University where I am in the
Department of Sociology.

I often tell my students the following:
I went to Michigan for my Latinx community and law school for my family.

This PhD, however, is alllll mine!