I am a Queens, New York City native, currently living in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up I was surrounded by diverse languages and cultures which inspired me to study cultural anthropology and sociology and eventually get my Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University. I have taught university courses in social sciences, research methods, education, organizational theory, and Latin American peoples and cultures. I am currently the Director of Experiential Learning at the University of Dayton and recently published 3 edited volumes about experiential learning and vocation. I enjoy academic research and mentoring students who have different skills, talents, and interests. I feel like I am always learning something new by collaborating with others. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, spending time outdoors with my family and our dog Willie, skating, cooking, having conversations over coffee, and discovering new and interesting places like museums and parks.
- I love doing karaoke and singing! I use to perform in musicals and sing the national anthem at my high school football games.
- I was born in the most linguistically diverse place in the world (Queens, NYC) and learned to speak Spanish at home.
- I traveled to Hawaii, South Korea, and Japan by myself after I graduated with my Ph.D. It was a truly amazing experience!
If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What are your gifts, talents, and skills, and how might you use them to make a positive impact?
What do you spend too much time doing? Daydreaming (although I love thinking about future possibilities in life)
If you knew then what you know now….. I would believe in myself 100% in times when I doubted myself/my abilities.