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CV

EDUCATION
PhD Candidate (Present), UC Berkeley GSE, Literacy, Language & Culture. Dissertation: “Drumball: Improving Early Literacy, Social, and Emotional Skills through Children’s Digital Drum Talk.”Dissertation Chair: Jabari Mahiri

M.I.M.S. (2009), UC Berkeley School of Information

M.A. (2003), University of Chicago. Concentration: Philosophy of Religion (Creative Thesis)

B.A. (2000), Ohio Wesleyan University. Majors: Computer Science and Economics Management; Minors: Mathematics and Spanish

LANGUAGES
French (fluent), Spanish (proficient)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
* Scholar, NYU Faculty First Look (2018-19)
* Visiting Scholar, MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing (2017-18)
* Early Literacy Assessor, Kenneth Rainin Foundation (2015)
* STEAM Instructor, UC Berkeley Upward Bound Trio Programs (2015)
* STEAM Curriculum Developer, Level Playing Field Institute – SMASH:Prep (2012-13)
* Director of Instructional Technology, Technology, Equity and Culture High Schools (2008)
* After-school Media Arts Instructor/Curriculum Developer, Digital Youth Network (2005-07)
* Full-Time Instructor, Harold Washington College, Music & Philosophy (2003-05)

COURSES TAUGHT/DESIGNED
Community College
HUM 123: Arts and Ideas (Harold Washington College-20 students);
HUM 215: African Art & Philosophy (Harold Washington College-30 students);
HUM 202: Music, Drama and Philosophy (Harold Washington College-40 students – 2 sections);
PHIL 107: Ethics (Harold Washington College-30 students);
PHIL 108: Philosophy of Religion (Harold Washington College-30 students);

Undergraduate
MCB 15: Public Understanding of Science (UC Berkeley-80 students;20 per reading section);
ENG R1B: Reading and Composition (UC Berkeley-20 students);

Graduate
EDUC 295C Digital Pedagogy in Secondary English Instruction (Spring 2015: GSE-20 students);
EDUC 283F Urban Education (Fall 2014: GSE-20 students)

Other Teaching Experience (K-12, Summer and After-School)
*Education & Leadership Institute (2016): Business Of Success in Sports Camp (BOSS)
*UC Berkeley Trio (2015): Advanced Concepts (Upward Bound-20 students)
*Level Playing Field Institute (2012): Communication Technologies (Smash:Prep-14 students)
*Digital Youth Network (2006-07): Digital Publishing/Podcasting (UChicago Charter School-50 students) *Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (2006): Afro-French Connections workshop (NKO -10 students) *After School Matters (2006/08): Voices C.A.M.P. (Harold Washington College-18 teen apprentices)

Experience: teaching diverse student population (including non-traditional community college students). 1- 5 courses per semester ranging from 20 to 40 students each, including larger science lectures (80+) and smaller reading and discussion sections.
Responsibilities: Student advising, Grant writing, Faculty committee service, Curriculum-technology integration.
Extracurricular: Public events, Summer internships.

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH POSITIONS
* 2019-present: Educational Researcher, UC Berkeley GSE Principal Leadership Institute
* 2015-2016: Strategist & Practitioner, Restorative Justice Center (UC Berkeley; Dr. Shackford-Bradley)
* 2014: Researcher, College & Career Academy Support Network (UC Berkeley; Dr. Stern)
* 2011-2012: Tutor, Athletic Study Center (UC Berkeley; Dr. Van Rheenen)
* 2009: Researcher, Berkeley Prosopography Services (UC Berkeley; Dr. Veldhuis & Dr. Pearce)
* 2007: Researcher, Berkeley Water Center (Lawrence National Lab; Dr. Bargmeyer)

PROJECTS/DEVELOPMENT
2016-present: Ambassador, Unity through Music (annual music, healing arts and community festival).
2014-present: Word. Sound. Life. (student organization raised over $5,000 in donations/grant to host the Graduate Wellness Conference and publish the Wellness Guide (a zine/CD on the four pillars of wellness)
2016: Producer, Creativity Camp. 2-week workshop offering voice, stage and media training to youth learning skills and producing content under the guidance of college student-mentors (Berkeley)
2014-present: Music Is Healing. Artist collective to provide opportunities for beginners/professionals to present works in progress in an intimate atmosphere, and participate in group productions/performances.
2008: Story Swap, Aspen Writers Foundation. 4-week collaboration project to work with educators and artists to develop communication media partnerships between students in Oakland, CA and Aspen, CO.
2006/2008: Voices Camp Summer Apprenticeship Program. $20,000 grant recipient, After School Matters. (20 teen participants; 6-week session). Organized a culminating Word. Sound. Life. celebration (Chicago)
2003: Nia Project. Designed and implemented a week-long Community Technology workshop held at the Penn Center (St Helena, SC) with youth organizers, educators and student leaders from Tufts & Harvard
1998: Duarte Vivas Asociados internship in Guiria, building web infrastructure of the port and volunteering in the community teaching English and Computer Literacy class. Organized the Celebracion ’98 festival. 1996-2000: Economic and Cultural Humanitarian Organization. Hosted annual Ricebowl Day at Ohio Wesleyan University to raise awareness on global hunger and homelessness. Participated in the Cropwalk food drive for local shelters and food pantries. Raised funds to support the building of a school in Ghana

HONORS & AWARDS
2018:
Faculty First Look Scholar, New York University
2017: SHASS Diversity Predoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($37,500)
2017: ACM C&C Graduate Student Symposium Fellow, Virginia Tech (registration + travel)
2014: Curriculum Developer, Integrating English with ICT (UCCI Institute fellowship)
2007: Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley (Tuition + $10,000)
2007: Bedell Scholarship, Aspen Writers Foundation (Travel/Lodging to Summer Words Festival)
2003: Discretionary Fund Fellowship, University of Chicago (Humanities Division – Tuition)
1998: Charles J. Ping Community Service Award, Ohio Campus Compact 1998: H. R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award Nominee, National Campus Compact

CONFERENCES
2019: ACM Creativity & Cognition Conference (San Diego) – Demo Session
2018: RILE Conference (Stanford) – Graduate Student Poster Session
2017: Creativity & Cognition Conference (Singapore) – Graduate Student Symposium and Poster Session
2016: Graduate Wellness Conference (UC Berkeley) – Co-organizer working with diverse student groups, departments, centers, administrative offices and community organizations to develop panels and workshops
2015: Digital Media Learning Conference (UC Irvine)- Interest-based pathways into computational fluency
2015: GSE Education Research Day (UC Berkeley) – Digital Talking Drum presentation
2007-2009: Bridging the Gap Conference (UC Berkeley) – Served on various committees to develop and facilitate workshops on cultural identity, communication, mindfulness/wellness and new media literacies.
2006: International Conference on the Learning Sciences (Indiana University) – Digital Youth Afterschool

MUSIC FESTIVALS
2017: Unity through Music Festival (Mt Shasta, CA) @ Shastice Park – Live Performance with Rastfm
2016: Unity through Music Festival (Weed, CA) @ Bel-Air Park – Live Performance with Gilead Balm
2016: Reggae on the River Festival (Garberville, CA) – Live Performance with Cloud 9 Collective
2011: 4/20 Black Birds Festival (Weed, CA) – Live Performance with Trinity Heritage Collective
2009: Reggae on the River Festival (Garberville, CA) – After-Hour Stage hosted by Rhythm/DJ Jacques
2007: Summer Words Festival (Aspen, CO) – Spoken Word with Habib Koite @ The Belly Up
2006: Looptopia (Chicago, IL) – Afro Roots Hop performance at Harold Washington College
2001: Ohio Wesleyan University Spring Fest (Delaware, OH) – Rap performance opening for Das EFX
1998: Celebracion ’98 (Guiria, Venezuela) – Organizer and co-host working with Casa de Cultura
1996-2000: Rafiki Wa Afrika (Delaware, OH) – Annual Cultural Festival at Ohio Wesleyan University

SOLO & GROUP MUSIC PERFORMANCES (SELECTED)
2018:
Lizard Lounge (Boston, MA) – Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist; Featured Poet with Jeff Robinson Trio
2013: Music Is Healing Tour (Cambridge, MA) – Live Music with The Cypher
2013: Music Is Healing Celebration (Mt Shasta, CA) – Live Music with Djin Aquarian & Saint Germain
2013: Hip Hop Speaks from Heaven (Berkeley, CA) – Freestyle Performance with KRS-ONE
2011: Ashkenaz (Berkeley, CA) – Live Performance with Inner Standing Sound
2009: The Stage Door (Mt Shasta, CA) – Poetry reading with the Akwerian Project
2008: Blue Café (Long Beach, CA) – Live Performance with J-Ross Parelli, Ras Tree & KRS-ONE
2007: Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL) – Live Performance with Digital Youth Network
2006: African Liberation Day (Chicago, IL) – Live Performance with The Afromerican Project
2004: The Hothouse (Chicago, IL) – Word. Sound. Life. Celebration with David Boykin & DJ Papa G
2003: University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) – Hip Hop Performance with Storm Before the Calm

CONSULTANCIES
2000-present: b@ease solutions –designing and implementing web design solutions for individual artists, authors, small businesses and non-profit organizations in Boston, Chicago, New York, Oakland and DC.
2006-07: Educational Technology/Curriculum Development Consultant, National Louis University Developed and facilitated professional development on multimodal pedagogy with researchers and teachers of incarcerated youth, and re-conceptualizing curriculum around questions of youth culture and identity.
2001-02: Technology Management, Shiman Associates, Brookline, MA Worked closely with system engineers, developers and technical writers to design/deliver web solutions
2000-01: Strategy Analyst, CMGI, Andover, MA
Worked closely with directors and VP of corporate strategy to conduct market research analysis.

INTERVIEWS
February 2018: Interviewed on the air for Wellness Guide zine published by Word. Sound. Life. Linda Pinkow, What’s Left, WMBR 88.1fm. MIT. https://youtu.be/sK0CFSVGRHY
July 2012: On-the-air interview and performance. Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV).
December 2011: Planet Rap: Interview with Akwerius. Bryan Gerhart. https://vimeo.com/33582107
February 2001: Black Talk Radio: Interview with Nina LaNegra on WMBR 88.1FM Cambridge