Describe briefly what you do and how long have you been at Brown.
I have been at Brown officially for 1.5 years now but as a Brown alum, it felt more like a homecoming than a move.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being able to work with FLOTUS Michelle Obama's team and the Smithsonian to create a "Museum Day Live: Empowering Women and Girls of Color" program for thousands of women and girls of color to learn about museums and see their stories reflected. I created amazing programming around Women in Hip Hop with dance, lectures, objects out of storage from the Japanese Incarceration Camps to learn about that often untold history, we had hands-on letter writing for advocacy and change programs, DJs, performances, poets, and more. As a woman of color and DC native, it was amazing to see people like me walk into the museum for the first time and learn. These are the types of interdisciplinary and radically accessible and engaging programs I want to and support at Brown as well and it is nice to have a team of coworkers who share my values and politics.
What are your home office must-haves?
Plants, a notebook and pen, a meditation bowl, and ring light- each of these items have saved me from difficult zoom calls and helped with lighting, meditation/ reflection, fresh air, and a way to get ideas out the good ol' fashioned way. I love technology but this year has tested all of our limits so having tech-free moments has been necessary as well.
What work projects excite you?
I love working with students. I am so proud of our MPCs (Minority Peer Counselors) and TWTP (Third World Transition Program) team in leading our first-ever entirely virtual orientation program this past January and all of the transformative workshops and mentoring spaces they have created and maintained this year during a pandemic. I know if they are able to create this level of engagement and beauty digitally, just imagine what we can do when we are face to face. I am constantly in awe of brilliant and fierce Brown students can do daily.
Name something about you most people don't know.
I can cluck like a chicken because I have big chipmunk cheeks. I don't know how I can do it but I push my cheeks and the pockets of air they can capture and it is a magically bizarre sound.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?
I would probably still be in DC back at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. I loved that museum and job and it was hard to leave my hometown and family.
Can you recommend a book that is important to you?
Yes! My sister Ladee Hubbard just published her second novel the Rib King and I am very proud of her. I haven't finished reading it quite yet because I have two kids under the age of 7 but I am working on it and encourage others to check it out.