Service Learning Program Assistant Director
Bachelor of Arts, International Studies and Latin American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Master of Education, College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University
Doctor of Education, Educational Policy and Leadership, Marquette University (In progress)
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
As as undergraduate at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, I took two service learning courses which changed the course of my studies and ultimately my life. While enrolled in "Service Learning in the Chicano/Latino Community," I assisted a high school civics teacher in a Spanish-speaking classroom at a Minneapolis Public School for a semester. After reflecting upon the U.S. educational system and opportunities for Chicano/Latino students, I changed my major from Psychology to International Studies/Latin American studies and participated in a human rights service-learning delegation throughout Guatemala. I became enamored with learning outside of the classroom and continued to learn about education systems throughout the world as I studied, worked, and volunteered in New Zealand, Spain, England, and Guatemala.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research at UWM where I further fostered my passion for service, social justice, and higher education. I continued to develop in these areas at Oregon State University where I was a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Civic Engagement, an AmeriCorps Students in Service volunteer, and a member of the Oregon Campus Compact Student Advisory Board. When I am not supporting students as they navigate the world of service-learning, I can be found volunteering at a variety of non-profits throughout Milwaukee and riding my bicycle!
As the new Assistant Director of the Marquette Service Learning Program, I have the privilege of working alongside amazing students, staff, faculty, and community partners who are all working together to educate, inspire, and transform the Milwaukee community. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work at an institution that expands the walls of the classroom through service learning and community-based research and that values the connections that students make between their community site, their textbooks, and the larger world.