Using social research to facilitate social change!
Just as those before me, I have an obligation to lift as I climb, and service is the mechanism through which I do so. Throughout my doctoral studies, I have contributed to the discipline of sociology, the University of Cincinnati campus, my current department, and the local community in a variety of ways.
Service To Department I’ve held the positions of Treasurer (2016-2017) and President (2017-2018) for the sociology graduate student organization, the Sociology Graduate Student Lyceum. These positions allowed me to serve as a liaison between sociology graduate students and department faculty. I attended faculty meetings to ensure that graduate student concerns were voiced, and served on various committees. My departmental contribution also involves serving as a peer-mentor to younger students in the program.
Service To University Extending beyond my department, I’ve also served in roles that have benefited the broader graduate student community at the University of Cincinnati, as well. I served as the Vice-President of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association from 2017-2018. In this role, I helped to cultivate a community for Black graduate students at UC by organizing academic, social and community service events. I most recently worked with the Women’s Center, serving as a member of the Black Feminist Symposium planning committee. Helping to host this event was particularly rewarding because it creates a very special space on campus where Black women are not only recognized but also uplifted and affirmed.
Service To Discipline My service to the discipline of sociology includes serving in leadership roles like the Graduate Student Representative to the North Central Sociological Association Executive Board (2017-2019). I’ve also served on a variety of committees such as the Southern Sociological Society’s Committee on the Status of Students (2018- Present), the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Kimberlé Crenshaw Outstanding Article Award committee, and the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minority’s Annual Meeting Program Committee (2019- Present). I’ve also organized and presided over panels at national and regional sociology conferences such as the American Sociological Association, the Association of Black Sociologists, and the North Central Sociological Association.
Service To Local Community My commitment to serving others is also illustrated in my 12-year membership in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a community-conscious & action-oriented organization. Through my sorority, I’ve been able to use my sociological skills in the local community to facilitate workshops and conduct lectures, such as the one featured below.