I’m a Licensed Master Social Worker and reproductive justice activist, and I have been in the reproductive justice field for over 10 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside great organizations such as SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Advocates for Youth, The Pro Choice Public Education Project, the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Planned Parenthood of New York City, and Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS).
I’ve had amazing opportunities to speak with local and national lawmakers to gain support for policies that improve the sexual and reproductive health of women of youth of color, facilitated workshops and discussions on issues that affect women and girls of color, and have studied and written extensively on how a woman’s access to reproductive health services are interconnected to other areas of her life.
My work has focused primarily on Black, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Indigenous women and girls (and organizations that serve them), and my interests centers on HIV/STI prevention, parent-child communication, reproductive justice, sexuality, gender-based violence, spirituality, street harassment, activism, youth empowerment, community organizing, and improving the images of women of color in the media and culture. I also have a huge interest in promoting self care and having conversations with communities and organizations about taking care of themselves.
As a program evaluator, I take on evaluation projects where I use quantitative and qualitative data that captures your program/services’ strengths, how your participants view your program/service, and provide recommendations for enhancement. You can read more about how I develop my interest in program evaluation here.
As a social worker, I use the academic theories I’ve learned during my graduate studies at the Columbia University School of Social Work, combined with the social justice framework highlighted by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. I’m highly aware of the need for programs and services that are culturally relevant, allows for client/audience self-determination, and honors confidentiality.
As an activist, I know the power of effective communication and community collaboration. This often includes finding ways to get funding for your programs/services, getting the word out about what you do, facilitating discussions and workshops, and the importance of self care promotion and burnout prevention.