My communities are of utmost importance to me. I am an advisor and recruiter for the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) which seeks to address the lack of diversity in academia by providing free academic counseling and financial support through the graduate school application process. I have advised grad school applicants through IRT by lookin gover their application materials, revising Statements of Purpose, fellowship essays, resumes, and writing samples as they complete them for admission for their desired graduate program. I am also a mentor and founding member of BRAIN (Black Researchers Advancing Intelligence in NeuroComputaton), housed at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where we mentor Black undergraduates interested in topics of neurocomputation. I am also an alum of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program and the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program , which both have the mission to address underrepresentation among college and university faculties. I am always open to hearing about endeavors that reflect values similar to the institutions above.

Background Image from: Linguistics Society of America Conference, Austin, Texas, January 2017. Left to Right: Dr. Sabriya Fisher, Dr. Shivonne M. Gates, Dr. Nicole Holliday, Myself, and Dr. Jessi Grieser