Professionally, I the Executive Director of Equity, Acces, and Belonging at Cal Poly Pomona. Previously I was an Assistant Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Francisco. I also formerly served as one of the Co-Directors of the Cultural Centers, which include the Intercultural Center and Gender and Sexuality Center, at the University of San Francisco. I have over a decade of experience in higher education and have worked professionally in Residence Life and Cultural Centers.
Academically, I earned my Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco. My dissertation focused on how the racial and gender identity formation of men of color student leaders are impacted when they have white women supervisors and advisors in higher education. My research interests include the experiences of men of color in higher education and college men’s engagement in sexual violence prevention from a Critical Race and Intersectional Feminist Theoretical perspective.
I also earned an MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Colorado State University and a BA in Psychology with a certificate in Ministry from Gonzaga University.
Personally, I am grounded in the power of critical hope and the examination of oppression from the individual, group, and systemic levels. I approach social justice work through an intersectional and analytical lens that bridges the power of storytelling with theoretical foundations. I am dedicated to challenging myself and others to think critically about social justice and identity issues holistically through the head, the heart and the body.