I am a high energy, mom of four beautiful children. I love the color orange, African dance and building bridges to the world. My partner is the best support I can ask for and I do my best to offer him the same. When you work with me, you will walk away, not just informed, but empowered and energized with tools to continue your work regardless of the field in ways that will impact future generations.
I received my PhD in Intercultural Communication from Howard University in Washington, DC in 2007. I published my dissertation entitled, "The Shifting Character of Social and Ethnic Identity among Black American Sojourners" as a monograph in 2009. I received a BA in Spanish from Spelman College and a MA in International Communication and Cultural Anthropology from the American University in Washington, DC. I have been teaching in higher education since 2005. I have taught a wide range of courses in higher education including: public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, human communication, media, culture and society, small group communication, international communication, business communication as well as a faculty-led student travel course: City as Text.
June 2017, I launched Bilingual Brown Babies, a specialized service for families of color who are serious about raising their children bilingual in English and Spanish. Bilingual Brown Babies is intended to be a movement that increases the number of children of color who are biliterate in English and Spanish in order to maintian footing in this increasing competitive global workforce.
I have facilitated workshops around cultural sensitivity and intercultural learning for public and non-profit sectors. Past clients include: Youth for Understanding, The Exchange and the PAYS Program, an afterschool program funded by the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs.
I have published extensively in both English and Spanish in scholarly and trade journals as well as in national US news publications. My primary research focuses on the construction of identity with bilingualism and the current state of social identity. I recently published the book, Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society (2015, Lexington Books). I have also contributed the chapter “Multiplying the Others from the Margins: Experiences of a Black, Female, Junior Faculty Member in a Non-STEM Discipline at a STEM Institution” in the edited volume, Still Searching for Our Mother’s Garden (Niles and Gordon, 2011). I recently published another book chapter, “The Travel Diaries: Excursions for Self-Reflection” for an edited volume examining mental health practices among women of color in academia scheduled for release Summer 2017.
I am currently member of the National Communication Association (NCA), National Collegiate Honors Council, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society, The Organization for African American Linguists and the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.
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