I’m a proud product of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I earned my master’s of education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Western Carolina University. I’m currently a PhD candidate of Higher Education at Indiana University.
While exploring different possible entrepreneurial career paths during my doctoral studies, I discovered that I had gained many of high-level transferable skills through the combination of her coursework, independent research projects, and employment in various research assistant roles at the four universities where I had attended and worked Among these skills was the gift of critical thinking, writing and editing, which had come naturally to me since 4th grade when she had aspirations of being a fiction writer like Mildred D. Taylor, Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, the only writers I was exposed to at the time. I realized that while there was a whole community of writers and editors who owned and operated six-figure editorial companies, I had been offering her services to mentors and other professionals free of charge!
I started freelancing in 2018 and founded my editorial company, The People’s Editor in 2019 to address issues I witness and experienced personally in the ways the positionality of editors interfered with the experiences of people of color in higher education and the ways their stories were told.
Using my critical qualitative research training I live out my passion as a consultant and academic storyteller, specializing in highlighting the narratives of people of color on university campuses. My goal is to deconstruct systems of oppression that limit access for people of color in higher education and other professional contexts, with an emphasis on using creative qualitative methods for amplifying research on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).