Describe briefly what you do and how long have you been at Brown.
I am in Student Accessibility Services. I have been part of this department since 2009. We assist students with academic and other types of accommodations. Our mission is to reduce barriers to equitable participation for students with disabilities. I meet with students to learn about their needs, review documentation and consider appropriate accommodations. We will also problem solve with students and refer them to other supports as appropriate.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
It's actually the small things that mean the most to me. When we have a student who reaches out with a concern and we are able to help them work it through and find a solution that helps them keep proceeding, that's what feels the best.
Name something about you most people don't know.
I am a kind of "Jack of all trades, master of none" musician. I play guitar, bass, drums and some mandolin. I have been in a couple of Providence area bands over the years. In the last one, I was the drummer. I'm always looking for people to jam with. I also teach sociology part-time online for Bristol Community College.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?
I'd done a lot of things in my career prior to getting into higher education. Of all of those things, working with students with disabilities is what I have enjoyed the most and found the most satisfaction from. I have a "Mother Teresa" personality. It's important to me to help others. In this role when we are able to help the student succeed it really feels good.