I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, my background as a first-generation college student and former admissions officer have informed my academic and professional work in meaningful ways. My research is driven by two major questions: How do Black students make sense of the narratives they construct in their college personal statements? And, how do Black students respond to racialized expectations to narrate trauma in college personal statements when applying to both predominantly white institutions and historically Black colleges and universities?
I earned my Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in Sociology with a concentration in Social Justice and a minor in African American Studies before receiving my Master's of Philosophy in Education at the University of Cambridge in England as a 2015 recipient of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.