Academic Advisor II
3109 Faculty/Administration Building
Hi! I am the undergraduate advisor for the Department of History, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. My office is located across from the main office for History, in 3109 FAB.
I was also a first-generation college student and a commuter student when I was in my undergraduate work here at Wayne State. These experiences help guide me in my advising - from that first moment on campus certain that I would get lost every day getting from one class to another; the endless balancing of school and work and [please, maybe] a social life; and the days when I felt isolated, as though no one really understood what it took to keep everything running even relatively smoothly.
As a result, you will find that I try hard to value your time, and make room for you when you can make room for me. I am happy to take walk-in students as well as students who make appointments through WAMS (with the caveat that you might need to wait a moment if I am in with someone and you walk in). I am also open to working with you through email where possible; you shouldn't have to make a special trip just to ask a question about your degree program.
This is me. I look forward to finding out who you are.
Research Interest/Area of Expertise
I am interested in the ways that social media has the ability to bring us together, and in the ways it isolates us.
The internet has developed the potential for joy when one can be a part of persons joining together for positive change (#BlackLivesMatter, #LoveWins, #womensmarch), or the potential for further division of our society (nope, not putting those hashtags in, they don't deserve the attention).
I am also interested in the ways in which our online relationships bring us rewarding connections and the sense of belonging (no, you are not the only trans in this college), but also can isolate us (one of my friend's family runs a group chat and text each other even when in the same house or even room, making asking "what's for dinner" a long process).
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- M.Div., Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
- B.A., Developmental Psychology, Wayne State Univ.