I have dedicated my life and career as an attorney, investigator and mediator, to nonviolence and access to justice. I’m originally from Detroit, which is where I received my JD from Wayne State University’s School of Law (admitted to practice in 2002) and Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution. I received my BA in International Relations and Peace Studies at Colgate University, in New York. After graduating, I had the privilege of working as an international volunteer at Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland, a residential peace and reconciliation center where I supported families and cross-community initiatives.
I spent two years in the Detroit area working as an associate attorney representing employees alleging workplace discrimination and harassment, before serving 10 years as an attorney and supervisor with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in New York City and Boston. While at OCR, I conducted and supervised complex investigations of alleged civil rights violations by educational institutions and other public entities, negotiated resolutions to these complaints, and implemented a successful mediation program for OCR Boston.
I most recently spent three years as an Investigator in Tufts University’s Office of Equal Opportunity where I was primarily responsible for responding to reports and complaints alleging sexual misconduct. While at Tufts, I partnered effectively with students, staff and faculty to explore and identify meaningful and impactful ways to prevent and address incidents of interpersonal violence, and engaged in the work of substantially revising formal and informal Title IX response processes.
As the new Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Investigator with Emerson’s Title IX Access & Equity, in addition to ensuring access to prompt, equitable and impartial options for addressing reports of interpersonal violence, I look forward to contributing to the work of the SJC in addressing all forms of systemic and interpersonal violence.
Access, Equity & Title IX