Current Interests: Social justice (particularly the ways that white supremacy/privilege work in our society), poetry reading and writing, building meaningful relationships with passionate people, volunteering with a nonprofit focused on increasing school equity and diversity in DC, always looking to find ways to learn and unlearn about my privilege and work against my role in the ongoing oppression of marginalized identities.
Professional Background: In the fall I worked as a Policy and Research Intern at the American Youth Policy Forum, and I am currently a Campaigns/Organizing Intern at the Hub Project.
Personal Sources of Pride: First-generation college student, loving daughter/sister, feminist, working woman finding my path in a new city!
Interested in VAM because: I struggled a lot at Colgate. The institution, the culture, the academics, the social life - it can all be really challenging at times! I think this program is a great opportunity to help students mitigate some of those challenges, or at least know that they are not alone or isolated in their feelings. I wish I could have had someone I felt I could talk to about what I was experiencing, especially during my first two years.
Hopes for Mentoring Relationship: I think that the benefits of mentoring relationships are often thought to be one-sided, in that the mentee is gaining insight/support/etc from the mentor. But I believe that all relationships, including mentorships, benefit both parties! I look forward to learning from and growing with a mentee as well as hopefully contributing something to their life.
Hopes to Contribute to Mentoring Relationship: I am hoping that a current student can learn something from the struggles I experienced at Colgate. No two people have the same situation, and I certainly am not an expert or deluded into thinking that I have the key to surviving Colgate. But I am good at listening and empathizing, and I'd really like to be able to offer support and any advice that I may have to a student attempting to navigate Colgate right now.