I’m the senior associate dean of students and director of diversity, equity and student success. I think equity, diversity, inclusion and access automatically are centers of the conversations we have around our Jesuit identity.
We are beholden to our commitments to caring for the whole person and developing people for others, and I believe these should be at the center of the ways in which we approach our pedagogy, work with students and function as an institution. When we centralize needs for the vulnerable, we automatically foster the most positive experiences for all our students, faculty and staff and virtually anyone who comes through Healy Gates.
Before joining Georgetown in July 2018, I was at Loyola University Maryland for 10 years. I served as an associate professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland and in my last four years there was the director of the African and African American Studies Program. And since I received my master’s and Ph.D. from Marquette University, I’m well-versed in the benefits of a Jesuit education.
At Loyola, I taught courses on diversity at the undergraduate and graduate levels and as a tenured professor was often pulled into conversations about equity and inclusion. This led to my work with a colleague on racial justice training across the institution – including students, faculty, staff and administrators.
It was an enormous undertaking and extremely time-consuming, but I realized that I truly enjoyed this work and that much of my understanding of my research on recruitment and retention of underserved populations in academia had prepared me to do some of this work. I’m looking forward to the work to come in this sphere within the Georgetown community.