I am a high energy professor and strive to create a welcome and supportive learning environment. In addition to lectures, I utilize in-class activities, discussions, video clips, NPR broadcasts, and reflections on current events in science.
My goal is not just to provide information, but help students become engaged citizens. Students are required to present science news to the class, write letters to Congress and send emails to elected officials on environmental topics.
I lament the disconnect between science and art that developed over the last 60 years. To bridge this gap, students in my classes create original videos and podcasts on environmental issues or discuss their course research projects.
Minority, LGBTQ and students with disabilities encounter many obstacles in their pursuit of higher education. As a wife of a female refugee from El Salvador and the mother of a child with autism, I have seen first hand that access to quality education is not equal across society. To move the needle, I state that Black Lives Matter, design my courses with all types of learners in mind and advocate for students with mental health disorders.
I partnered with faculty across campus to host a conversation regarding Environmental Justice. We discussed how low income and communities of color are affected by environmental problems such as climate change.