University and departmental support are hugely influential in terms of student success. Not only do I appreciate the support I have received from the departments of which I have been a part, I actively work to support and maintain a constructive environment through service work. I have participated in department leadership, our graduate student association, conference organizing, and volunteered for the Utah and Tennessee High School Ethics Bowls. Additionally, I serve my community as a member of the University of Tennessee Medical Center Ethics Committee.
University of Tennessee Medical Center Ethics Committee
2018 - current
Volunteer Community Member
- Participate in ethics committee meetings.
- Member of the Committee for a New Decision-Making Procedure for Unrepresented Patients.
- Authored brief concerning possible models of committees to facilitate decision-making for unrepresented patients.
- Designed and implemented an online program of Ethics Intensives, the training for new committee members, based on face-to-face training materials.
- Discussed the ethical implications of clinical case studies with undergraduate students as part of the Medical Explorations program.
Tennova Ethics Committee
2018 - current
Non-voting participant in ethics committee meetings.
University of Tennessee Philosophy Department
Faculty Representative (2017-18)
University of Tennessee Philosophy Graduate Student Association
Department leadership is a part of the democratic mechanisms that encourages graduate student involvement in the department and university, and facilitates communication between students and faculty. I was elected into the position of faculty representative during the summer of 2017. As such, I attended faculty meetings with my co-rep, and we reported back to our colleagues. We also started the dialogue on revising the program's competency stage, leading to the implementation of a new process starting Fall 2019.
We reconstituted the Philosophy Graduate Student Organization in order to facilitate the launch of our annual conference. The treasury role that I occupied during its first year was important in organizing and managing the financial aspects of the PGSA@UT Graduate Conference.
PHILOSOPHY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION @ UT Graduate Conference
Speakers engaged with many aspects of the nature of speech acts, the moral norms and considerations governing those acts and the political status of freedom of speech.
2019 Keynote Address by Suson Brison: "Free Speech, Social Meanings, and Narrative Selves." Brison is Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Dartmouth College where she also teaches in the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
The conference featured talks on refugeehood, climate change-induced migration, “brain drain” arguments against emigration, international trade, political obligation, global justice, and more.
2018 Keynote Address by Michael Blake: "The Good Migrant: Justice, Reciprocity, and Jeb Bush." Blake is Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Governance at the University of Washington.
2018 Keynote Address by Amy Reed-Sandoval: "Reproduction as Resistance at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Reed-Sandoval is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.
TENNESSEE HIGH SCHOOL ETHICS BOWL
Liaison (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)
Moderator (Spring 2017, Spring 2019)
Judge (Spring 2018)
I have been a committed volunteer for the High School Ethics Bowl for many years, starting as a liaison and event volunteer for the Utah High School Ethics Bowl, and I continue my support for this excellent program in Tennessee.
From the THSEB Webpage: "At its heart, the THSEB is a discussion, not a debate. Teams are not required to choose opposing sides, nor is the goal to “win” arguments by belittling other teams or their positions. This focus on engagement, reasoning, and critical dialogue has many benefits for student learning, including honing skills which are proven to boost standardized testing performance, and which are explicitly targeted by Tennessee educational standards. Additionally, the event encourages social and intellectual interactions that are crucial to a functioning democracy, namely, the consideration of other, often competing, perspectives when making moral judgments and decisions."
OTHER SERVICE AND OUTREACH
I am very proud to have been a part of this event, which offered a unique opportunity to learn about the importance of nonviolence as a direct-action tactic, and to receive training in how to be and remain nonviolent. It was open to anyone interested in nonviolence for moral and/or practical reasons; for anyone who has and/or may participate in nonviolent direct action (including protests, strikes, etc), and; for anyone interested in actively participating in the democratic process; basically, for anyone and everyone!
Nadine Bloch was our workshop trainer. She is highly experienced in the field of nonviolent direct actions, and has conducted training in nonviolence for: The Ruckus Society, Greenpeace, the Beautiful Trouble Network, and other organizations. She writes a regular column for WagingNonviolence.org, the Arts of Protest, and is a contributor to Beautiful Trouble (New York: OR Books, 2012). She works with Bread and Puppet Theater, the Labor Heritage Foundation, Nonviolence International, Health GAP, and Housing Works. Her work explores the intersection of art and politics, and creative cultural resistance.