Community Engagement

Foundations in the Humanities Correspondence Program


Based in UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the “Foundations in the Humanities” course is a correspondence literature-based course for incarcerated individuals in Kern Valley State Prison and California Men’s Colony. The curriculum covers a range of short stories, poems, and essays.

I am currently a 2018-19 IHC Graduate Teaching Fellow. Along with a cohort of Fellows, I respond to student work via mail in ways that encourage deep reading and analysis.

School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) Program

SKILLSAs an outreach initiative of the Center for California Languages and Cultures, the SKILLS Program is an innovative community-based research program that prepares and motivates California’s public school students for higher education by giving them hands-on experience studying language and culture. SKILLS puts students at the center of linguistic discovery by guiding them through the process of carrying out original research on language use in their own peer groups, families, and communities.

I participated in the SKILLS Program as a Program Assistant and as a student in the corresponding interdisciplinary graduate seminar “The Politics of Race and Language in Learning Contexts.”

This seminar culminated in the 2018 edited collection Feeling It: Language, Race, and Affect in Latinx Youth Learning, edited by Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, and Jin Sook Lee. My chapter, “‘Just’ Emotions: The Politics of Racialized and Gendered Affect in a Graduate Sociolinguistic Justice Classroom,” explores the racialized, gendered, and disciplinary tensions that emerged among graduate students participating in this program.

Beyond Academia

beyond academiaThe Beyond Academia conference at UCSB is an annual event that prepares graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in all disciplines and stages to pursue a wide range of career options after graduate school. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to interact with professionals who have established careers outside the professoriate in industry, government, administration, nonprofits, and more.

I am currently participating in this program during the 2018-19 school year as a member of the Programming Committee.