I am excited to be a part of the Educational Policy doctoral program. My particular research interests concern educational policies that provide for the sustainability of academic enrichment programming for under-resourced students. My own academic preparations in Psychology (BS, '98), Biological Sciences (MS, '01) and Anthropology (MS, '06), have facilitated a studied appreciation for the range of sociocultural complexities and socioeconomic challenges that inform many students' academic processes. At the same time, my life experiences have enlarged my perspective on individual agency and evidenced repeatedly our ability to overcome difficult circumstances.
As a professional, I have contributed to educational services in capacities ranging from outreach to curriculum and program development, parent and student mentorship, and resource identification and acquisition on behalf of domestic and international organizations. I have also spent considerable time in the role of case manager, which has helped build the sociological framework for all my considerations. These and other professional involvements have allowed me to acquire a comprehensive knowledge base of both social and academic requirements for student success through to post-secondary education. My hope, in the end, is for my service orientation and policy understanding to be an advantage to organizations dedicated to enabling the academic pursuits of the most vulnerable students.