I am a clinical psychologist and interdisciplinary teacher, scholar, practitioner and singer. I have spent the majority of my career in higher education, including nearly three decades at DU, in a variety of roles and positions. I retired from full-time teaching in May, 2019 and was awarded the position of Professor Emeritus in the DU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In August, 2019 I was appointed as Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, overseeing the work of the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
As founder and active participant in the award-winning Spirituals Project, I have worked for more than twenty years to help preserve and revitalize the music and social justice teachings of the sacred folk songs created and first sung by enslaved African Americans.
The common thread that has run throughout my career has been my effort to understand and challenge the multifaceted ways in which systems of power and privilege diminish the humanity of society’s most vulnerable women, men and children. I have also sought to understand and highlight a seeming paradox: Many of those same vulnerable community members have often been the wisest and most hopeful teachers of effective ways to build a society in which every human being can reach beyond mere survival to become her or his best self. The lessons I have learned in my life and work have made me a compassionate, accessible and effective campus and community citizen and leader.
See a detailed professional history here: Vitae - Summer 2019.pdf