Global, Civic and Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities Advisor
My work in global, civic, and cross-disciplinary learning stems from my undergraduate education when I took several service-learning courses that shaped my career path. Those transformative experiences inspired me to focus my career on facilitating efforts to infuse the undergraduate curriculum with high-impact practices, including service learning, global and diversity learning, and democratic engagement.
Before coming to Duke, I was a faculty member in English at High Point University (HPU) where I taught various service learning courses that engaged students in projects within the local community. I served as the Director of Service Learning in HPU’s Center for Community Engagement and was the Assistant Director of Service Learning for almost a decade. In these roles, I founded an after-school literacy program, the Community Writing Center, where undergraduate students offer creative literacy programming for local children. I facilitated a series of projects that partnered students with community members to document the stories and histories of local neighborhoods. I also partnered with a local church to secure grant funding to facilitate workshops to help women in the community develop professional documents for employment or career advancement.
In the AAC, my role is to provide students with specialized advising about how to effectively integrate civic, global, and cross-disciplinary opportunities into their undergraduate experience. I meet with Trinity and Pratt students to suggest programs, courses, and experiences that will help develop their civic and global competencies. I maintain partnerships with programs and departments across campus to offer up-to-date information about opportunities, application processes, deadlines, etc. At the core of my work is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and, I strive to build and sustain meaningful relationships with advisees and campus partners in which they feel seen and heard.