I value active learning and critical thinking in the classroom. I believe discussion, application of content, and experiential activities are essential to learning. My overarching goals in teaching are to promote multicultural competence, awareness of contextual and environmental issues, critical analysis, self-reflective thought, and movement toward actions that promote social justice. I particularly enjoy helping students extend their learning beyond the classroom by thinking through and engaging in action toward social justice at the local or national level.
My primary academic and research interests are in multicultural competence, community engagement, stigma, and substance use. I have engaged in advocacy, community organizing, and policy work related to mental health justice, drug policy, and harm reduction for people who use drugs. I have also engaged in international work focused on HIV/AIDS and stigma of developmental disabilities in Tanzania. I was drawn to Adler University due to the emphasis on social justice and community engagement.