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  • Fisk University MA Physics 

  • Grambling State University BS Physics, Cum Laude

Employment History

  • University of Virginia, Program Director of Clark Scholars Program, 2020 – present 

  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory (UVA), STEAM Education Program Development Officer, 2017-2020

  • Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), 2010-2017

Professional Achievements

  • Invited Speaker to Inclusive Astronomy 2 Conference 2019

  • Appointed to NRAO’s Observatory Leadership Cohort 2018-2019

  • 2019 UNEION Diversity & Inclusion training

  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Team Award

  • 2015 STScI BRAVO Awards – For help and efforts representing STScI at the NSBP conference 

Leadership and Service

  • Founding Co-chair of Inclusion, Diversity, and Culture Working Group, STScI, 2016-2017

  • Creator and Facilitator, Concrete Steps to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive

  • Diversity Advocate, NRAO, 2018-2020

  • National Astronomy Consortium (NAC), Advisory Board Member, NRAO, 2016-2020

  • External expert on the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) Advisory Council, present

  • VanguardSTEM Conference Crashing Coordinator, 2018-current

  • Commissioner, Human Rights Commission in Charlottesville, 2020-current



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Pillars of Creation (NIRCam Image), Science Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI

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