Central to my professional goals is the promotion of diversity in higher education. My service efforts are centered on a commitment to encourage the development of an inclusive environment. As a woman of color, I am dedicated to mentoring students of color for university success. My experiences within and beyond the academy reflect my role as an active university citizen and community member, particularly in areas related to diversity and inclusion.
Please find a summary of my university service below. For more information concerning my service to the profession/community, please click here. If you’re interested in learning about my service accomplishments at previous institutions, please click here. For a detailed list of my service, please view my CV.
Grand Valley State University
I maintain involvement in Asian/Asian American Studies:
- Served on the 2014/2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration planning committee. As part of my involvement, I presented work from a new project exploring how the female adoptee body is fetishized in the media in February 2015. I continued my involvement on the planning committee in the 2015/2016 academic year.
- Present aspects of my research at the annual Asian Student Union’s annual R.I.C.E. (Realizing and Addressing Issues in our Culture and Education) Conference.
- Participate as a Task Force Member for the East Asian Studies program in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Serve as secretary for the Asian Faculty & Staff Affinity Group.
In addition, I maintain a broader involvement in university and college life. For example:
- I was invited to join the Digital Studies Committee in Winter 2015. Led by the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, the GVSU Digital Studies Committee is assessing the need for a minor in digital studies. My role on the Digital Studies Committee gave me the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. I also am a member of the curriculum design sub-committee. As a result of this work, Provost Gayle Davis appointed me to the Digital Studies Task Force for New Programs in December 2015.
- I was nominated to serve on the University-wide General Education Committee (2015-2017).
- Debjani Chakravarty, Dr. Randa Elbih, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies undergraduate major, Mackenzie Kibbe, and I collaborated on a presentation, “Beyond Black and White: Teaching Fifty Shades of Grey in Race, Racialization, and Race Relations,” for the 2015 GVSU Teach In: Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues.
- I collaborated with Liberal Studies major Jose Rodriguez on an interactive discussed titled, “Black in America: A Life Sentence?,” for the 2016 GVSU Teach In: Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues.
- I was invited by Latina-interest sorority Sigma Lambda Upsilon to facilitate a discussion on violence against women of color and transgender individuals as part of their event “Café con Leche: #SayHerName” in Fall 2015.
- I was invited to join the Advisory Board for the Intercultural Training Certificate Program by Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies Dean Anne Hiskes. This appointment is from 2016 – 2019.
- I was invited to discuss undergraduate research as part of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship’s program “Admissions Office- Undergraduate Research and the Laker Effect” on August 10, 2016.
- As part of my involvement with the Asian Faculty and Staff Association, I facilitated a discussion laboratory titled, “Finding Asian American Studies and Asian Americans in Higher Education,” as part of the FTLC Fall Teaching and Learning Conference.
Moreover, my overall commitment to mentoring students of color for success is seen in my work with the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program as a mentor to Dionna Cheatham, an undergraduate student double-majoring in Public Administration and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dionna’s project, “Unpacking Social and Economic Disparities Among Black Disabled Mothers,” examines how race and disability impact Black mothers’ ability to parent and the effects their disabilities have on their families. We closely worked together as she drafted her research proposal and submitted the document for Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) approval. My experience as a McNair mentor enhances my skills advising undergraduate students majoring in Liberal Studies. To further develop my advising capabilities, I attended the Brooks College New Advisor Training and Brooks College Advising Retreat. For information on advising and mentoring, click here.