Service to the community and to the profession is a great way to grow your leadership skills and interpersonal skills.

What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe.
— bell hooks


Community and professional service can take up significant time and resources; time that could be devoted to research, writing, teaching and creating entrepreneurial ventures. However, for me, service commitments have lead to some of my most successful research projects and transformative teaching experiences, so much so that I have tried to incorporate service-learning into at least one class I teach every semester. The return on investment for service commitments is immeasurable not only in terms of personal growth but also in terms of professional growth and training for future leadership opportunities. Looking at service commitments through this lens has allowed me to grow my social and professional network ten-fold.


  • Faculty Advisor, Preview—New Student & Family Programs (2012-Present)

  • Advisory Board, African-American Studies (2011-Present)

  • University Minority Mentor Program

  • University Scholars Program Mentor

  • Manuscript and Article reviewer for Routledge, McGraw Hill, Northwestern University Press, Oxford University Press, Zed Press, Postcolonial Text and Women’s Studies International Forum.

  • President, Gainesville Chapter, Slow Food International (2012-2016)

  • Advisory Board, Asian Pacific-Islander Affairs (2011-2015)

  • McNair Program Mentor and Advisor