Where there is power, there is resistance.
As a scholar, I believe in the importance of public sociology. Before returning to graduate school, I worked as a community organizer at VAYLA-NO and the Restaurant Opportunities Center, a college advisor at College Track, an interpreter at the Capital Appeals Project, and a research analyst at Tulane University studying how disasters and lifetime adversity affect women’s reproductive health.
These experiences emphasized my commitment to using my research as a way to support work led by politically marginalized communities. Throughout the years, I benefited from the lessons I learned as I partnered with restaurant owners to address the lack of adequate breaks and fresh meal options facing their employees, advocated for participatory budgeting at the city level, contributed to the building of an inter-generational and multi-racial community space, etc. One such lesson is the importance of amplifying the voices of those affected by the issues and stepping back, rather than leading at the frontline and speaking for them. For the fall semester of 2018, I will join the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center as a Policy Fellow, supporting their fight against housing displacement.