The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
B.A in Philosophy: St. Edward’s University (2014)
M.A. in College Student Development (focus in LGBTQ+ Studies and Title IX): St. Edward’s University (2016)
Current Ph.D. student in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership
Equity, inclusion, and social justice have always played an important role in my development as an academic and as a professional which was heavily informed by the fact that I was born and raised in the incredibly diverse city of Houston, Texas. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have always had a personal drive and passion for advocacy of underrepresented communities. Although I have faced a lot of adversity due to the multiple marginalized identities I hold, I have always tried to channel that energy; whether it be anger, passion, sadness, or frustration, into a productive tool for change, education, and support for those who may have faced adversity similar to what I faced in my own experiences. Since I was a young child, I have had dreams of going to law school and becoming a law professor as a mechanism to try and implement the change I wanted to see in the world. However, through the course of my undergraduate experience, I realized that I would be able to create more change on a more diverse range individuals by working in higher education. From this realization, my passion for student development was born. Though college is a privileged experience not everyone is able to achieve, the types of learning, education, support, and dialogue that occurs in higher education impacts the zeitgeist of the nation and arguably the world. It is for these reasons that I continue to pursue my educational career in higher education as I hope to research, teach, and consult institutions of higher education to prepare them to be better able to serve the diverse range of students who will be on their campuses.