It is my goal that the work in which I am engaged not only contribute to scholarship through published works, but also that my work serve the academic community by sharing scholarship concerning learners who have been minoritized and marginalized.
I am deeply passionate about science education for social justice. I have worked in capacities within science and general education ranging from high school to college science teaching, to my current doctoral studies in Learning Sciences where my focus area is science education, race, and identity. My research experiences within Learning Sciences have centered around assessment design and the persistence of African American women in the laboratory based natural sciences. Through my graduate studies in Learning Sciences and Comparative Pathobiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Purdue University, respectively, I have also done research that led to published manuscripts and professional presentations in science (cancer proteomics) and science education.
In addition to my dedication to education, I am also deeply committed to serving the communities in which I live and work. For example, I was a part of the team that enacted the “Scientist for a Day” program at the Ivy Tech Gary Campus several years ago. Since then, I have worked with other science instructors to do similar programs such as the “Ivy Sci Summer Camp” at the Ivy Tech Michigan City Campus. These programs gave young people the opportunity to come to the campus and engage in hands-on science labs with Ivy Tech science faculty. I am have also served he Gary, IN community through my involvement with the Gary Steelers Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading program where I have served as a team mom, cheerleading coach, and facilitator of the Read with Me, Work with Me program, a program I started to help children with homework.