Born and raised in Sarasota, FL, I attended public schools throughout my P-12 education. In 2009, I graduated from Riverview High School’s IB Program, with honors.
After graduation, I chose to attend the University of Central Florida (#GoKnights!), where I majored in Psychology and double-minored in Spanish and Leadership Studies. While attedning UCF I became a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, traveling nationally and internationally to present my research. I am also a graduate of the UCF Burnett Honors College, where I published my undergraduate thesis on Black Women, Body Image, and Mentoring Relationships.
After graduating from UCF in 2013, I decided to attend the University of Georgia to pursue a Master’s of Education in Professional Community Counseling. I interned at a college counseling center on campus until I graduated in 2015. It was during this transformative experience that I discovered my passion for helping Black students to seek Black freedom and liberation
I decided to work full-time for one year after receiving my Master’s degree. I returned home and accepted a position as a College and Career Readiness Advocate at a Title 1 school in my hometown. I enjoyed showing Black and Brown students what a potential college experience could look like, via campus tours and other experiential activities.
In 2016, I returned to UGA and began my journey to PhD. I am currently a first-year student pursuing a doctorate in Counseling and Student Personnel Services. My academic and career goals include transforming the way Black experiences in higher education are perceived and understood. My pedagogy includes disrupting, dismantling, and deconstructing current systemic barriers to equitable education and counseling services for students of Color in higher education.
When I am not reading, writing, or resisting, I enjoy taking long naps and binge-watching episodes of my favorite television show, The Golden Girls.