Teaching Philosophy


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My overarching teaching goal is to support students to develop their own understanding of the interlocking systems of privilege and oppression as an effort to continue to eradicate those structures. Guided by critical pedagogues like Paulo Freire and bell hooks as well as my professional training in critical pedagogy and Intergroup Dialogue, my teaching is grounded in two principles: guiding students to develop their critical consciousness to better analyze structures and systems of power, and deepening students’ understandings of self and others, particularly across differences. I engage these principles in my teaching via the curriculum I assign, my pedagogical approach, and the climate I cultivate in the classroom. I also have a strong interest in pushing students to learn by doing. In all of my courses, I push students through readings assigned and assignments to think about ways they can disrupt systems of oppression. Some of these assignments consist of critical reflections, student-led facilitation, and social identity autobiographies. With these particular activities, I intend to encourage students to be more critically conscious and self-aware. Students have expressed that these activities challenged them to reflect on how they can use their developing critical thinking skills to enact social change.  

Courses

Instructor, College of Natural Sciences, UT-Austin 
  • Civil Discourse, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022¬†
  • Civil Discourse Honors Seminar, Fall 2022¬†
  • DEI Concentration Capstone Course, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022
Instructor, Department of Education Studies, UCSD 
  • American Higher Education and the Collegiate Experience, Summer 2020, Summer 2022¬†
Instructor, Child and Adolescent Development, CSUN 
  • Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Power, and Privilege, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022¬†
Co-Instructor, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, UCLA                                                  
  • Navigating the Academy for Emerging Scholars, Winter 2017, Winter 2018¬†
  • Intro to Research Methods, Spring 2017, Spring 2018¬†
  • Academic Writing Intensive, Summer 2017, Summer 2018¬†
  • Graduate Preparation Course, Summer 2019¬†
Special Reader, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA 
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods and Design Issues in Education Research, Fall 2018¬†
  • Participant-Observation Field Methods, Winter 2019¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • Qualitative Data Reduction and Analysis, Spring 2019¬†
Facilitator, Intergroup Dialogue, UCLA      
  • Race, Education, and Immigration, Spring 2018¬†
Facilitator, Brazil, J. William Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship, U.S. Department of State 
  • Issues of Social Justice Seminar, 2016¬†
Teaching Assistant, UT Austin 
  • Beijing, China Study Abroad Trip, Social Entrepreneurship, Summer 2015¬†
  • Freshmen Signature Course, Race in the Day and Age of Obama, Fall 2015¬†
  • Cape Town, South Africa Study Abroad Trip, Urban Economic Development, Summer 2014¬†

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