As a scholar, I first grappled with these questions by exploring the role of gender and sexuality in migration and citizenship processes in modern France. But more than a decade of studying, teaching, and working in higher education contexts opened my eyes wide to asymmetries of power within institutions that continue to mark some out for exclusion. Moreover, as a college administrator, I have experienced first-hand the growing need for difficult conversations on college campuses about how privilege perpetuates hierarchy and exclusion.
As a diversity consultant, I aim to work collaboratively with individuals who wish to transform their home institutions into inclusive spaces for all students, staff, faculty, and campus community members. I undertake this work as an extension of my own personal mission to face each day with honesty, openness, fairness, and compassion.
I work at the intersection of higher education, administration, and social justice.
I provide consulting services to higher education institutions seeking to create more inclusive campus cultures.
On my bookshelf
What I'm reading this February…
I began this February with an amazing weeklong road trip across the US with an equally amazing friend who introduced me to the exciting world of podcasts. In honor of Black History Mont, and as part of our own continuing anti-racist self-work, we listened to several podcasts, including the first episodes of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s “Intersectionality Matters” and Layla Saad’s “Good Ancestors.”
Through the podcast “Uncivil” hosted by Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, we also learned about two courageous black women whose lives and work history has overlooked: Ona Judge, an enslaved woman who successfully escaped from George Washington’s household, and Harriet Tubman, who, among other things, helped orchestrate a massive slave raid during the Civil War. Finally, through season 2 of In the Dark, we heard the dark story of one Mississippi town where a white prosecutor has tried the same black man for murder six times in a row.
Now that I’m back in LA, I’ll be reading Zadie Smith’s book of essays, Feel Free, and Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon.