Creating access for underrepresented and minority students was my impetus for teaching, and the institutions at which I worked gave me the opportunity to do just that. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Berkeley as the world’s No. 1 public university, No. 4 overall. First generation students comprise 23% of the student body, 21% are transfer students, and 32% of freshman are Pell Grant recipients. My accelerated seminars for Berkeley’s College Writing Programs strengthened reading and writing skills for students who are less prepared in these areas, supporting retention and graduation rates. I taught 2008-2014 at UC Merced and 2014-2019 at Holy Names University. First-generation students composed 72% of undergraduates at UC Merced, and over 60% were Pell-qualified. The undergraduate population at HNU was comprised of 41% first-generation college students, and 53% were Pell-qualified. Increasing educational access to historically underserved people supports democracy. Spring 2021 I developed and lead a Memoir to College Workshop series for Cinnamon Girl. It provides young women of color with a reservoir of narratives for successful college and fellowship applications.
MAIN UNIVERSITY TEACHING
University of California, Berkeley, 2019-2020
Lecturer in the College Writing Programs and Fall Program for Freshman
Holy Names University, Oakland, 2014-2019
The Writer’s Craft Director, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
University of California, Merced, 2008-2014
Lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program
University of Windsor, 2005-2006
Visiting Writing Program Director
In addition to my main teaching positions I taught developmental, transfer-level, and graduate classes at CSU Maritime, Berkeley City College, Merritt College, the College of Marin, Foothill College, Santa Clara University and Johns Hopkins University (CTY).
For a full list of classes taught go here.