I have established leadership experience in the postdoctoral community at Yale, as Advocacy Committee Coordinator at the Yale Postdoctoral Association (YPA), and Outreach Chair at the Yale Black Postdoctoral Association (YBPA), with an additional track record of volunteering to uplift and support underrepresented minorities.
At the YPA, I organized events to promote mental health and mental health first aid training, mindfulness events, as well as postdoc appreciation and recognition events for promoting work-life balance.
At the YBPA, I help build a community for Black postdocs and allies, as well as giving back to the New Haven community through volunteer efforts at the food pantry and fundraising for the unhoused community.
Most recently, I’ve been elected to serve on the National Postdoctoral Association’s (NPA) Postdoc Council. The council will serve to elevate the voice and input of postdocs in the implementation of initiative by the NPA. The council is comprised of 12 members picked by the NPA from postdocs in academic institutions and national laboratories around the nation to enhance professional growth, raise awareness, and collaborate with postdoctoral communities.
Additionally, during my graduate school, I served as Outreach Committee Chair for the Bioengineering Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), where I organized and conducted STEM-related outreach events to promote science and engineering in local communities and high schools. I also spent my free time volunteering at various IRC programs and farmers markets that support refugees relocating in the community.
I continue to advocate for young scholars to feel safe to engage in respectful discussion without harassment and animus to create a diverse, inclusive, and supportive community. Beyond Yale, I’m also interested in building science advocacy on the institutional and national levels, working with national science advocacy organizations.