I am a creator, strategist, and designer for social good.
How I approach my work
From a place of curiosity and compassion.
I’m a proud multiracial woman who grew up in smalltown Iowa - and that’s definitely impacted how I work and the goals I work towards. So much of my work centers on making space for difficult conversations. If I had to narrow it down, my work falls into three passion areas: mental health and awareness, sex positivity and education, and gender and racial equity.
From attending high school in a literal cornfield, life has taken me on some interesting paths: I’ve drawn caricatures in Central Park, served as a graphic reporter at the UN Foundation's Social Good Summit, I designed a billboard in Times Square for the not-for-profit Statement Arts, I’ve taught courses on community-based design for social good and women’s health and well-being at an R1 institution, and I’m on the board for the not-for-profit Story Maven.
My teaching philosophy
What’s the question that we’re going to work on next? As Lesley-Ann Noel said, "For education to be relevant it has to be contextual." My classes are all about questions and not about solutions. Through project-based learnings, workshops, and critiques students ask questions and continue to question and refine critically. We begin our courses by asking students to contribute problem spaces to the curriculum so that the work is community-based and passion-led. The actual content doesn’t matter so much it might be about the process, Does this question actually make any sense?