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
The service work that I engage in at the university, college, department, and community/professional levels reflect the intersection of my pedagogy and research. I am strongly committed to supporting the Asian and Asian American community (students, faculty, and staff) on campus. Since the 2014-2015 academic year, I continue to be invited to serve on the Event Planning Committee for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Celebration by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. This engagement resulted in presentations at the Asian Student Union’s annual R.I.C.E. (Realizing and Addressing Issues in our Culture and Education) Conference. This student-centered work is complemented by my engagement in shaping the future of the East Asian Studies program as I joined the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies’ East Asian Studies Program Task Force in Winter 2015. Additionally, I had the opportunity to share my scholarship in Asian American Studies with faculty at the 2016 FTLC Fall Teaching and Learning Conference. 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.”
In addition, I maintain a broader involvement in university and college life. This work involves participation in the Digital Studies Task Force (as a result of my work on the Digital Studies Committee), Intercultural Training Certificate Advisory Board, and General Education Committee. Work on the Digital Studies Task Force comprised of crafting and submitting the new Digital Studies minor and course proposals through 2015 and 2016. My engagement with the university community also reflects my commitment to peer-to-peer mentoring and supporting undergraduate students.
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.