I’m a first-generation college student who was raised by my grandparents and grew up below the poverty line in a suburb just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I got a work permit at the local City Hall as soon I turned 14, and never stopped working, academically or otherwise. I’m a proud underdog who beat the odds, with the help of my grandparents and many educators who challenged me and believed in me. I have a Bachelor of Science in psychology and English. And I have a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, which means I study how people communicate in variety of forms and contexts, and why that matters. True to my roots, much of my work focuses on advocacy regarding issues of gender, mental health, and economic class. I am always happy to chat with students about my experiences and theirs!