Pride to me is about equal access. As an LGBTQ+ ally, I understand Pride as the affirmation
of the right to live life authentically.
Started Working at Cowley in 2003
- Degrees obtained: BA (History/Spanish Southwestern College), M Ed (Southwestern College), MA (Emporia
State University (ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages)
- Current Role/Profession: Instructor in Spanish, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Composition I, Academic
Advisor, Humanities and Communications Department Chair, DEIB Steering Committee Chair
- Share a special memory during your time at Cowley College: My best memories at Cowley have involved working with students from diverse backgrounds
both from the U.S. and all over the world. I love when they teach me to understand
experiences from a new or unexpected point of view. I grow as an academic and a person
every semester that I teach.
- Share with students and the community your inspiring message around Pride Month and
what celebrating this community means to you: Pride to me is about equal access. As an LGBTQ+ ally, I understand Pride as the affirmation
of the right to live life authentically. Unfortunately, I have seen how discrimination
directly affects people I love, respect, and admire who are members of the LGBTQ+
community, making everything about simply living life more challenging and sometimes
more dangerous. This is inherently unjust. I believe all people deserve equal access
and equal opportunity to grow into who they are meant to be personally, professionally,
as human beings in this world. I also believe we should be able to do this through
all aspects of our identities, without discrimination and fear because these identities
are part of our unique contribution to the human experience. We all have the human
right to exist.