Curriculum Vitae

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Education BA, Portland State University

Majors: Black Studies, Liberal Studies, Social Science

Minors: Writing, History

2017 (Exp.)

Honors & Awards Stephen Epler Scholarship


Research Experience Ronald B. McNair Research Fellowship, Portland State University, Jan. 2017-Aug. 2017

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shirley Jackson, Black Studies Chair and Professor

Focus: Historical examination of Black working class women in Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., during and after World War II


Employment Queeries Program Coordinator, Portland State University Queer Resource Center

      • developed training curriculum
      • recruited and managed 25 volunteers
      • designed 4 new panel options
      • provided 20 panels to university and Portland-area high school classes


Equal Rights Director, Associated Students of PSU, Portland, OR

      • collaborated with 5 campus resource centers for marginalized student populations
      • participated in 3 lobbying days at the state legislature
      • presented testimony before state legislature
      • oversaw development of 4 interns


Development Communications Intern, Cascade AIDS Project, Portland, OR

      • used Kintera & Constant Contact
      • wrote and sent newsletters to hundreds of supporters
      • created and grew organization’s social media presence
      • worked with 15 event vendors for largest annual fundraising event


Presentations “Working-class Black women’s roles in building and sustaining Black communities in the Pacific Northwest”

Portland State University Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 2017


Selected Courses
    • Imperialisms and “Colonial Laboratories” in Europe and Asia
    • Cultural Geography
    • Reading and Research Seminars in World History: Commodities
    • Colonial Rule and African Response: Partition and Pacification
    • Scientific Racism
    • Women in African Culture and History
    • History of Africa, 1800 to Present
    • Oregon African American History
    • The Black Diaspora
    • History of Ghana up to 1800
    • East African Cultures and Civilizations
    • Writing as Critical Inquiry
    • Historical Imagination
Research Interests 19th, 20th, & 21st Century Black Diaspora, Informal Economy, Women and Gender, Civil Rights, Decolonization and Nationalist Movements, LGBTQ Community, Disability Studies
University Service Queer Students of Color Conference Planning Committee, Portland State University Queer Resource Center


Advisory Board, Portland State University Queer Resource Center


Community Involvement University Choir, Portland State University


Bread and Roses Feminist Radio Collective, KBOO Community Radio


Portland State University Debate Union


Videographer & Interviewer, Vanport Mosaic Project


Tutor, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization


Facilitator, Bridge 13 Community Education Program, Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center


Skills Languages: English, elementary Spanish, elementary Twi (Asante dialect)
Research methods: archival, visual and textual analysis, oral interviews