I am currently a candidate for a Masters in Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College-CUNY. I am studying the intricacies of how to decolonize social work through looking at clinical practice, policy, and behaviors within society. I am concentrating on sexuality and gender within the social work practice.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from James Madison University with a B.S. Independent Scholars and minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, Family Studies, and Pre-Law. My Independent Scholars inquiry consisted of looking at how intersectionality affects LGBTQIAP+ youth’s acceptance and what happens as a result of intolerance in schools, in the community, and at home. I researched this by taking courses rooted in sociology, social work, writing, justice studies, and honors. Through this work I gained the knowledge to support, reassure, and inspire LGBTQIAP+ youth who are in the foster care system. Furthermore, I looked at policy, laws, and bureaucracy connected to the New York and California Social Services systems as it pertains to individuals who are or are perceived to be part of the LGBTQIAP+ community. This research will contribute in shaping and informing policy on discrimination and ignorance against the youth of the LGBTQIAP+ community within the foster care and adoption systems.