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Height: 5"6

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Blonde

Location: San Francisco, CA

Born and raised in Oklahoma, I am a first-generation college graduate, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and a Gates Millennium Scholar. Presently, I am a Program Associate at the Sloan Foundation in New York City, where I help oversee the organization's grantmaking to effectively advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM higher education. At Sloan, one of my primary responsibilities includes managing the Creating Equitable Pathways to STEM Graduate Education grant portfolio, which focuses on developing pathways for Black, Indigenous, and Latina/o students from Minority Serving Institutions to STEM graduate programs.

In addition to my work at the Sloan Foundation, I serve as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education at Columbia University's Teachers College, where I teach classes on research methods.

Prior to my professional pursuits, I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Studies at The Ohio State University, my M.S.Ed. in International Educational Development at the University of Pennsylvania, and my B.A. in Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. My dissertation explored the relationship between students' home neighborhood socioeconomic status and their retention in college.


Since receiving my Ph.D., my research has focused on three strands of scholarship: (1) the cultivation of inclusive organizational cultures, practices, and policies; (2) the role of place, space, and social origin in higher education; and (3) critical and intersectional perspectives on social class. My work can be found in a variety of academic outlets, including Higher Education, the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education, the Journal of Geoscience Education, and the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, as well as in various editorial outlets such as Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.


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