Where did you complete your Undergraduate Studies?
Randolph-Macon Woman's College
What degree are you working toward?
I am working on a PhD in Leisure Behavior.
Why did you choose graduate school at IU Bloomington?
I choose IU Bloomington because of the opportunity to work with my advisor (Dr. William D. Ramos); the opportunity to produce scholarship concerning the intersections of race, class, gender, and swimming; and the resources available for my personal, academic, and professional growth.
What's been your favorite academic accomplishment since you've been here?
My favorite academic accomplishments signify my dedication to researching the history of Africans and the relationship with water, the present experiences of Black Americans as collegiate swimmers, and the future to closing the gap of unintentional drowning of Black Americans. The first academic accomplishment was receiving the Dr. Ruth Clifford Engs Fellowship from the School of Public Health, which has enabled me to fiscally meet the demands necessary to complete my research. The second academic accomplishment was receiving Diversity In Aquatics's James (Jim) Ellis - Award of Coaching and Educational Excellence. This award recognizes a teacher, researcher or coach who has demonstrated exceptional personal achievement and extraordinary accomplishment in the field of aquatics that transcends normal expectation, and who is or was an example and inspiration to their community. As a former USA Swim Coach and current researcher by an organization the celebrates diversity, inclusion, and aquatics remains an honor and privilege.
What do you enjoy most about life in Bloomington?
I enjoy being able to be a part of LGBTQ+ and community color. It is a warm feeling to have a supportive village on and off campus.
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