I was academically challenged at DePaul. When I spoke to professors and mentors about the kind of theory or research interests I had, they knew what I was talking about and could provide me with the resources that challenged me intellectually and continued my growth as a scholar.
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Why did you chose to be a student in the College of LAS at DePaul? I chose to be a student in the College of LAS because of the Critical Ethnic Studies Program. I was attracted to the fact that this was a brand new program, the only program of its kind in the country, with faculty and staff who were interested in creating new and creative theory and research.
How did you change and grow as a student here? I felt that I was academically challenged at DePaul. When I spoke to professors and mentors about the kind of theory or research interests I had, they knew what I was talking about and could provide me with resources that challenged me intellectually and continued my growth as a scholar. I also have greatly appreciated the mentorship that I have gained here. Finding my community in the Center for Black Diaspora, The African and Black Diaspora Studies Program, and Women's and Gender Studies Programs has been the highlight of my time at DePaul. I have people that I can ask about jobs, research, and life, if necessary. I know that I have made lifelong connections here, so my growth does not end when graduate from DePaul, it continues.
What are your most memorable academic experiences? Participating in the "Crossing Boundaries: 4th Annual Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference," has been of my memorable experiences here at DePaul. It was my first opportunity to present my graduate research and I received a great response from my peers and professors. It also felt familiar in a sense and confirmed for me that being a scholar and becoming a professor would be a career path that I would pursue, now with much more seriousness.
Tell us how the achievement came about that we're spotlighting here. The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Symposium “Seditious Acts: Graduate Students of Color Interrogating the Neoliberal University” Conference was recommended by my program director, Laura Kina. I am also a part of a graduate student collective where I kept seeing the conference advertised. At that time, I had just gotten accepted into the LAS graduate conference and decided that I needed to apply. I applied and soon after received confirmation that I had been accepted. For me, it was another step in the right direction and confirmed that the resources and advisement that I was receiving at DePaul were a great fit for me. It was a great experience to be interacting with students would were just as passionate about developing our discipline and challenging the ways we could improve our institutions.
What do you want your post-DePaul life to look like? Given the mission of the university, it is imperative that my work continue outside of the academy. I am going to take some time away from academia to work in my community before restarting a career in education, but with a focus on social work. I want to be a scholar who creates and redefines research, but is also active in my community.