I am an educator and organizational leader who believes in uplifting and developing the voice of unrepresented communities utilizing knowledge, learning, and critical thought as the catalyst for systemic change and empowerment.
I am the daughter of a powerful Pin@y immigrant and Biloxi Mississippi born father, and embrace all that comes with being a mixed race, bicultural, bilingual, and melanin kissed cis woman. My paternal roots take me to West Point and through generations of USAF valor, and my Mama's ties pull me to the islands and I had the privilege of growing up with a Lola that speaks three Filipino languages.
Through education and the exploration of our history, I believe in intentionally and deliberately combatting inequity, racism, and injustice. In doing so we can develop underrepresented communities to find a voice, professional pathway, and establish their places at institutions of higher education and in the public systems that influence the environment around each of us.
My leadership and management approach directly recognizes the interpersonal and emotional assets of my staff to encourage & build their love to deliver service in a model that is culturally responsive to community and institutional need.
I do not believe in being silent. I do not believe in standing by. This work is political, this work is personal, and this work means intervening in the generation trauma our communities have suffered through for so very long... hasta la victoria siempre.