I attended the College of William and Mary and majored in History with a minor in Hispanic Studies. My interest in Latin America and an almost-too late interest sparked by the Women's Studies Department led me to seek a profession centered around social justice. While completing my MSW at George Mason University I primarily worked with youth in foster care and residential treatment settings. Upon completion of my MSW I worked as a Foster Parent Coordinator for a non-profit and then a for-profit child welfare agency. After a year in the field I applied to DU to pursue a doctorate in social work.
My research is centered around youth involved in armed conflict, the effect of armed conflict on families and communities and current interventions for youth directly involved in armed conflict. Currently my scholarship focuses on the use of intersectionality, systems theory and theories of social justice as a way to teach and do international social work. As a social work professional I am committed to anti-oppresive practice and dialogue that creates an inclusive and safe environment for people to engage in critical discourse that is both enriching and thought provoking.
Currently, I am the coordinator for DU's International Service Learning program in Dharamsala, India. I co-lead a course (Tibet and the Power of Nonviolence) with Dr. Alan Gilbert during the Fall quarter and then take approximately 15 undergraduate and graduate students to India to enage in service learning within an exiled Tibetan community in Dharamsala. My passion for service learning is directly connected to my own use of experiential teaching methods and my commitment to service in underserved and marginalized communities.
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