I am a current Ph.D. student in the Curriculum & Instruction program at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Some of the most nourishing parts of my graduate education involve constant engagement with the questions of educational philosophy, including: What does it mean to be an educated person? What should be the aims of education? How can we educate in ways that nurture all of the important aspects of a whole and complex student? These questions are informed by the texts I’m reading and the conversations I’m having with colleagues, but also importantly by my opportunities to teach, learn, and research alongside undergraduate students.
My current research extrapolates from the contemporary “safe space” debates in higher education to explore spatial imagination with college students of Color. Together, we consider how to (re-) design campus spaces in a way that contribute to student resistance and flourishing. My work is deeply informed by my professional experiences supporting national service programs, student leadership, and public service at various educational foundations and universities.
My time at Ursinus was deeply formative and shaped my vocational journey in powerful ways. In addition to my participation in the Bonner program and unparalleled mentorship from faculty that continue to the present, classes in the UC Education Department (and Philosophy!) gave me an opportunity to consider crucial, fundamental questions about education and awakened my desire to center education in my lifelong work.