I am a community organizer, scholar-activist, and urban farmer. I earned my interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Sociology and Social Welfare from Boston University, and my BSW and MSW degrees from San Francisco State University. I have practice social work in multicultural, multilingual, and multiethnic communities in California, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. I am bilingual and bicultural, and my teaching experience includes: social policy, research, community projects, community practice, cultural concepts, and master's projects. I have taught in social work programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Massachusetts, New Mexico, and California. My research interests are immigration (theory, practice, and policy), employment, community development and engagement, grassroots community organizing, ethnographic methods, and social movements.