In June 2020, I began work as the Assistant Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University (MSU). In my wide-ranging work at CeLTA, I am particularly focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (including disability-inclusion) in foreign language learning.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Studies (SLS) at MSU. I research accessibility and disability-inclusion in second and foreign language learning. In 2018, I founded an “Applied Interdisciplinary Scholarship in SLA” graduate student reading group that quickly became a learning community comprised of graduate students and faculty colleagues from SLS, Teacher Education, Human Development and Family Studies, and other programs.
I also serve MSU beyond my program. In 2018, I founded an undergraduate reading group devoted to topics of accessible teaching in second language learning for my former methods of language teaching students (pre-service K-12 language teachers). In 2018, 2019, and 2020 I served on the planning committee of the Accessible Learning Conference. In the academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 I served on the College (of Arts and Letters) Inclusive Practices Committee (CIPC; ‘”SIP-see”).
I earned my MA in Linguistics with a specialization in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. I taught for many years in various English programs in Chicago, and I completed two U.S. State Department English Language Fellowships in Beirut, Lebanon.
It is important to me that I also make time to serve my local community. I am often involved in several community organizing initiatives at a given time. During the early days of the pandemic, my family fundraised to deliver food to local families in need. In 2021, I am engaged in my neighborhood association’s efforts to reverse historical redlining practices and organize events that give neighbors the chance to meet with candidates for local political office and discuss issues facing the city.
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Photography credit: headshot by Stephanie Gasparich.