Welcome to Forbes!
I am excited to serve as your Director of Studies (DoS) and invite you to stop by my office anytime! My primary goal as your DoS is to work with the amazing Forbes College Office staff, your AB & BSE Faculty Advisers and the Peer Academic Advisers (PAAs) to support your academic and personal growth here at Princeton. Prior to my arrival at Forbes, I served as the Principal Academic Adviser in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. While there, I advised over 1,000 undergraduates and presented nationally on a variety of educational initiatives including my own dynamic Blackboard course to support undergraduate engagement, retention and persistence. I also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Education where I co-developed and taught a graduate course entitled, Diversity Issues in Higher Education.
Long before you were born, I attended Haverford College where I majored in psychology, minored in education and was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) to support my senior thesis research. I used the Mellon award toward an intensive summer immersion program at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon…one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life! After Haverford, I received my master’s degree in higher education at Harvard University and my doctoral degree in educational administration at Temple University.
I am extremely passionate about decoding higher educational institutions at every level, and have found that my ability to engage across educational and cultural differences is informed by time spent living and working in the UK and connecting with educators in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Haiti, Lebanon and of course here at home. Beyond education, I enjoy eating delicious food from all over the world, creating and supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives and spending as much time as I can with my lovely, inquisitive daughter, Assata. Assata, is obsessed with books and tigers (in that order), so she is thrilled that I now work here at Princeton! You will undoubtedly see the two of us chatting away in the Forbes Dining Hall, so please do not hesitate to say hello. As many will tell you, I am very approachable and understand how challenging it can be to find your place and space in a new environment like Princeton. Please know that you belong here and we are always happy to support you in any way we can! Welcome : )