Who am I?

  • I am a white, upper middle-class, cisgender woman in a currently abled body who is a wife and mother committed to the difficult, continuous practice of examining my reactions, responses, and judgements to examine and improve my biases.
  • I believe that community colleges are vital to improving the social mobility of Americans, particularly those from minoritized populations.
  • I believe expanding access to online courses in community colleges is key to improving graduation rates.
  • I believe teaching matters.
  • I believe teaching is the hardest work I've ever done.
  • I believe each student brings knowledge and experiences into a class and it is up to educators to ensure the environments in which they learn are designed to recognize and value this diversity.
  • I believe that instructor-student relationships are the connective tissue of teaching and learning, especially for students who have been taught their entire lives that they aren't college material.
  • I believe that college professors must more fully support the non-cognitive aspects of learning.
  • I believe effectively designed and facilitated online classes can serve the needs of some students more effectively than face-to-face instruction.
  • I believe that higher education is a socially constructed institution that contributes to the minoritization of particular populations of students.
  • I believe equity gaps in higher education are the result of systemic barriers that will only be improved when more educators take a seat at the equity table.
  • I excessively adore my two miniature dachshunds ("wiener dogs"), Zeus and Dwight.