Diversity & Inclusion
I am keenly aware of the multiplicity of issues facing students today — including those related to mental and physical health and ability, to structural disadvantage, and to family and financial need— and I strive to be an accommodating professor, a listening ear, and an advocate throughout the challenges students face as people.
In the classroom
I am committed to making my classroom as safe as I can for marginalized students. No learning or change happens when either privileged or marginalized parties are in comfort, and students of any subordinated status already experience dislocation and discrimination on the campuses of selective and predominantly white institutions of higher education, not to mention in the world at large. It is a central aspect of my pedagogy to bring students of hegemonic identities into the collective discomfort so they can contextualize their own experiences and histories, their communities, as well as listen to the experiences of others’ and their communities’.
In order to make sure all students can bring their best selves to class and get the help that they require, I provide introductory and advanced classes alike with the same discussion rules and institutional resources at the beginning of the semester.
STUDENT FEEDBACK ON inclusion
As an undergraduate, I served as president of Mujeres*, the College's affinity group for Latinx students, and I focused my agenda on increasing the presence of Latinx Studies in the curriculum. I served on the steering committee that successfully revived the Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies (LAILS) concentration and hired a postdoc in the History Department who focused on Latinx labor history. I also worked as a Multicultural Recruitment Intern for the Admissions Office, translating select parts of the admissions site into Spanish and helping admissions officers target public schools in predominantly Latinx areas for recruitment activity.
As an alumna, I founded the College's first Latinx alumni affinity group in 2014, and I continue to lead it today. I also serve on the Alumnae* Association's Executive Board. As a faculty member at Bryn Mawr, I served for a year as director of The Enid Cook '31 Center (the ECC), Bryn Mawr's new dormitory space for the leadership of Black and Latinx affinity groups, as well as social and event space for those groups. The ECC's previous iteration was Perry House. I have also served on search committees, led diversity discussions and debates during difficult times, and interviewed prospective students with the Admissions Office.
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program
I was also one of the co-coordinators of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) at Bryn Mawr College. The MMUF Program is an international non-profit organization dedicated to diversifying the professoriate by identifying and mentoring promising scholars of color (traditionally, five rising juniors every year at each participating institution) through a two-year research project, the doctoral program application process, the dissertation writing process, and the academic job hunt with financial, social, and cultural capital. I was very fortunate to have been a recipient of this fellowship when I was an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr, and the program helped prepare me for and supported me through graduate school. It has been a privilege to pay that support forward by working with dozens of brilliant young scholars at Bryn Mawr as they begin their professorial journeys. In my role as a co-coordinator, I help demystify academia and graduate school in general and the life of a grad student and a professor more specifically. I helped fellows of all fields choose mentors and negotiate their working relationships through topic changes, sabbaticals, and personal crises. Together we troubleshot methodological issues, found money to pay for research expenses, and revised drafts of personal statements. I also worked to ensure the fellows spent quality time bonding with and supporting each other, developed positive self-care habits, and did something fun during exam time.