Environmental Justice and Higher Education
I have been at Northeastern University in the Office of City & Community Engagement since February 2013, where I serve as the Director of Community-Engaged Teaching & Research. Prior to this role, I was the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State. I also served as a Course Director for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida facilitating leadership education and development initiatives on campus both in the curriculum and the co-curriculum. I am an interdisciplinary learner, researcher, and educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Butler University, a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.
My scholarly research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers. For my dissertation research (completed summer 2014), I collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association for Just Farming: An Environmental Justice Perspective on the Capacity of Grassroots Organizations to Support the Rights of Organic Farmers and Laborers and in 2017 published Environmental Justice and Farm Labor through Routledge. I also serve as the Associate Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, as a member of the Advisory Council of the Agricultural Justice Project, and the Farmworker Health and Justice Workgroup of Coming Clean, Inc. In addition, I do research, publish, and present in the field of service-learning and community engagement and a book I co-edited, Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement, came out in 2018 through Stylus Publishing. I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).
I invite you to click through this website to learn more both about my journey, research, and interests as well as other resources I rely on and look to for learning and reflection in both my environmental justice and higher education work.