Help me serve the academy!
I am deeply committed to diversifying the academy, redressing pervasive inequities in higher education, and demystifying the hidden curriculum. All funds donated will be used to compensate Let's Talk Grad School guests, purchase and mail copies of A Field Guide to Grad School to prospective and current PhD students, and fund activities designed to build community among early-career scholars. Use of funds will be publicly accounted for via my Ko-fi.com page.
#100DaysOfWriting Community (founder, co-organizer)
The purpose of this academic writing collective is to provide a virtual space (via Slack) for academic writers to support each other and to provide tools for creating structure for writing projects and goals. We welcome members to engage with the community in whatever way makes the most sense for them. For some, that might mean sharing out goals via our Slack channels, for others that might mean participating in co-writing sessions. In short, there is no one "right" way to participate.
Let's Talk Grad School (founder)
This initiative is designed to demystify the hidden curriculum and support students historically excluded from the academy.
Between June 2020 and May 2022, I held weekly and biweekly meetings with students of color navigating the PhD application process. During the 2021-2022 academic year, I expanded this effort to also meet biweekly with students of color navigating the first year of their PhDs. Meetings are on hold for the 2022-2023 academic year due to transitioning to a faculty position. You can learn more about our 2020-2021 weekly meetings here.
Learn more about my campaign to raise funds to supply current and prospective PhD students with A Field Guide to Grad School by Dr. Jessica Calarco here. Help continue connecting students with books by purchasing items on my Amazon Wishlist.
Applying to social science PhD programs? Check out my list of resources here, including a sheet to track your applications, and sign up to receive my newsletter!
Winner of a 2021 SIPS Commendation Award
University of Michigan Living Lab (former co-organizer)
For several terms, I co-led the University of Michigan (UM) Living Lab initiative--an initiative designed to bring researchers into community spaces to conduct science. In this role, I identified opportunities to grow the footprint of the program within the UM and Ann Arbor communities, developed training materials to streamline orientations and improve researcher science communication, applied for internal and external funding, managed product purchasing, and provided quarterly program evaluations. As a part of this effort, I also organized a symposium bringing together local, regional, and national stakeholders to discuss the impact of the UM initiative on relevant communities.
As a postdoctoral researcher, I use the skills developed as a UM Living Lab researcher to conduct research in public spaces in Chicago (pre-pandemic).