I was interested in so many different things, and I loved learning about many different kinds of people and their beliefs. I also really enjoyed the history aspect of Religious Studies – learning why wars were started, who wrote which parts of the Bible, and how/when different religions developed.
It was in a Religious Studies class (Myth and Theory) that I first started seriously considering hegemonic structures in my culture, which has been incredibly important in my work as an educator and now as a social worker. It was also in Religious Studies that I started to understand that human beings are storytellers, that we’re always creating narratives in an attempt to make meaning of things that happen around us and inside of us. As a social worker, I’m really interested in those narratives on a micro level (as revealed in a therapeutic context) as well as a macro level (in our culture, in our social constructs and subsequent provision of certain services).
After earning my BA in Religious Studies I went to Mexico for 3 months to travel and study Spanish. Upon returning to Greensboro I volunteered with Americorps teaching English to adult immigrant women from all over the world. This led to many more ESOL teaching jobs. Now as an RN I am grateful for all the experience.
I am considering continuing my education in the study of Religion. It is something that intrigues me, exercises my brain, and I never get tired of studying. So why stop?
I have been interested in religions of the world since childhood. My early schooling built for me a worldview based entirely upon my own religious beliefs; it made me wonder about how the beliefs of others affect their lives because mine have always been the center of my life. Learning about the beliefs of others is a faith exercise for me- it stretches and grows my understanding of myself and my faith as well as provides a glimpse into how others think, believe, and live their lives.
I served two terms in AmeriCorps, managing a leadership development program for youth and adults in poverty (in Western New York) and managing a college service-learning program and supporting students in the community (in Western Massachusetts). After that, I was a program manager for a community garden program. Now, I am studying at Andover Newton Theological School in pursuit of a Master of Divinity. I hope to become a Chaplain.
I have been accepted and will be attending Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Fall 2013 pursuing a Masters Degree of Divinity. However, I was also accepted into the Masters Programs at Duke Divinity School and at Campbell College.
After graduation I plan on further pursuing my dream of becoming a makeup artist.
I attended Emory University at the School of Law and at Candler School of Theology. I graduated in 1997 with a joint degree – JD/MTS. Upon graduation I worked at the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office and then moved to Washington DC to work at the D.C. Public Defender Service (PDS). After nine years at PDS, I moved with my family to Boulder, Colorado where I started teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Law, started a Forensic Consulting firm and then joined a small law firm.
After graduating in 2001 with my Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and my Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, I began pursuing a career in sexuality education. I received my Master of Public Health in Sexuality and Health from Columbia University in 2006. I direct a peer education program on dating violence and healthy relationships for the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. In addition, I am a facilitator and trainer for the Our Whole Lives program, a sexuality education program of the Unitarian Universalist Association. I also write a blog, www.fearlesssexualityeducator.com.