I believe that science, teaching, and service are all best done in community. Part of my mission as an academic is to practice research and teaching as liberatory work that builds up community. This means that we recognize the ways that academic structures and culture perpetuates harms such as racism, classism, ableism, and that we are practicing ways of research, teaching, and service that move towards justice. Rather than fixing symptoms of injustice one-by-one, we address them in an integrated way. In contrast with the culture of individualism, we do this together in community.
Concretely, the way I have practiced this at Stanford and MIT has been through mentoring, teaching, and service, particularly through programs or initiatives that support graduate student inclusion and well-being.
Highlighted Service Activities:
President, Stanford ChemE Graduate Student Action Committee
Head Community Associate, Stanford Graduate Life Office
Mentor, Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education program
TA Mentor, Stanford ChemE
TA Training Workshop Leader, Stanford ChemE
Fellow, David M. Mason Fellowship for scholarship & service (inaugural recipient)