As a scholar-activist, public engagement and action to push change outside of academic walls is an invaluable part of my professional and personal life. To that end, I am committed to not only creating scholarly work that is accessible and relevant to contemporary policy and justice issues, but also to being active in my local community.
I am a Founding Board of Directors Member for the Ocean City Juneteenth Organization, a non-profit organization which holds community events celebrating Black history and culture. Our first event honored eight community elders, provided two book scholarships to local college freshmen, and brought together 200 community members at a celebratory brunch. We also sponsor annual Food and Clothing Drives for local homeless shelters and have served as Guest Curators at the Ocean City Historical Museum. For this work, I have been honored with the City of Ocean City, NJ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award, as well as a Senate and General Assembly Citation from the New Jersey State Legislature.