Denison University’s 178th Commencement took place on Saturday, May 18. Watch the ceremony in its entirety including commencement keynote speaker Jennifer Garner ’94.
As Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs, I am responsible for supporting students and student groups in their co-curricular learning. This work takes the form of coaching around self-advocacy, intergroup dynamics, and conflict resolution.
My work has a very distinctive focus on persistence, identity exploration, and graduation. My role has an emphasis on connecting university-wide in support of students from marginalized communities.
Additionally, I work with cohorts of students to develop and provide programs and services that support and enhance the academic, social, emotional, and overall success of students.
Before Denison, I worked at Dartmouth College as an Assistant Undergraduate Dean supporting and advising students on all issues that may impact academic success. I also served as Director of Cultural Education at Providence College where I was charged with creating awareness of cultural differences, support self-reflection, and building cultural competencies.
Additionally, at Boston University, I oversaw the strategic enrollment plan for multicultural students which span across Boston Universities nine undergraduate schools and college. In addition to strategic development, I also facilitated campus-based and national events, and staff trainings.
I started my career in education at the Posse Foundation as a Trainer and Program Director. During my tenure, I supported Posse Scholars, developed and facilitated retreats, managed partnerships with community-based organizations, school districts and college partners in both Atlanta and Chicago.
I am a proud Chicagoan, Denisonian, first-generation college graduate and Posse Alumnus. For fun, I enjoy photography, hip-hop culture, and spending time with family.