I was born in D.C., raised in southern California and have been slowing moving northwest ever since I graduated from high school. I earned my associate degree from Orange Coast College, my B.A. in Liberal Studies and Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Chico State and Ph.D. (expected graduation fall 2013) in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) from Oregon State University.
I was attracted to HSU’s reputation for excellence in research regarding alternative energy and sustainability and the Department of Social Work’s central purpose to improve the well-being of individuals, families, organizations and communities, particularly for rural and indigenous populations. I enjoy engaging students in critical dialogue by getting them to talk to each other about social and environmental justice issues and how to translate what we are learning in class to their fields of practice. One way I do that is to get them to work together to find solutions to real-world problems witnessed in their social work internships where none appear possible.
Lately, in my free time I have been having fun exploring the local beaches and forests with my husband and three children.