Writer | Editor | Activist
May 2017: Bachelor of Arts, English, Minor in African-American Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
MEDIA AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Freelancing and Consulting | Catalysts for Change Consulting LLC (Present)
Communications consultant through firm that focuses on community building and organizational development through an equity lens.
News Writer | VeryWell (Present)
Contributing writer focusing on trending topics and medical studies focused on mental health and wellness. Responsible for picking up stories and pitching, in addition to interview accredited sources and thorough research. Accustomed to quick-turnaround times and audio transcription.
Literary Press | UnSung Magazine- Founder and Lead Editor (Present)
Online literary publishing company. Responsible for: copy editing, crowdfunding campaigns, maintaining submission influx, and rejecting/accepting said submissions; Curation of magazine (for online and print purchase) and design. Heavy role social media and advertising. For more info, feel free to visit the UnSung tab or our website.
Radio | WRIR-LP 97.3 Richmond- Show Host on Local Radio,
Critiques for The Culture (Present)
Critiques for The Culture provides criticism of film and television from a Black and Queer perspective. Role includes co-hosting, script writing, and social media management.
Magazine | RVAmag and GayRVA, Arts and Culture Online Magazine (Present)
Contributing writer with local online arts and culture magazine. Set up and performed interviews with contacts. Researched topics. Transcribed audio. Basic knowledge of audio recording equipment. Gained comfortability with multiple deadlines in short time span.
Critiques for The Culture currently has recurring local theatre critiques within GayRVA.
Newspaper | Commonwealth Times, Spectrum section
Spectrum (local arts and culture) section staff writer. Developed original story ideas. Interviewed public for assigned pieces. Gained experience with tight deadlines and time management.
Magazine | Blackbird Journal – Literary Magazine
Copy-editor for VCU-housed literary journal. Approved or declined submissions through personal weekly queue. Edited weekly submissions from incoming approved pool. Edited printed pieces before their publishing.
Writing Workshop | Volunteer/ Intern at Richmond County Justice Center
Workshop leader for RCJC residents in recovery. Created a syllabus geared towards higher education and connected to rehabilitation and recovery, in addition to leading regular discussion based workshops. Selected varying pieces and works that were both read together and assigned as homework to residents. Facilitated meaningful discussion based on selected pieces and encouraged participants to connect the work to their lives. Weekly creative writing assignments were received and commented on rather than graded throughout the sessions to incorporate positive reinforcement.
Radio | WVCW, Headlines in VA news
Student Radio DJ. Fall session’s topics centered around political/legislative reform in VA with a focus on women. Edited incoming stories to make suitable for radio. Summer session focused on political and social issues in within headlines and their connection to pop-culture. Created radio scripts based on articles. Acquired basic knowledge of radio recording equipment.
Radio | WRIR, The Black Minds Matter Project
The Black Minds Matter Project hosts a bi-weekly radio show where topics that intersect with Black life and mental health are discussed with members of the community. Role included co-hosting, script writing, and interviewing.
ACTIVISM AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project | Communications Coordinator (Present)
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project is a sexual and domestic violence organization that serves our LGBTQ population, with a focus on POC within that community. With wellness and language justice as tenants, VAVP provides direct and emergency services as well as ongoing translation services and hosting community events.
This role includes social media management, newsletter curation, volunteer coordination and working closely with sustainability.
Virginia Commonwealth University iCubed | Core Member (Present)
The iCubed program strategically invests in academic and research programs that employ transdisciplinary approaches to solve challenging and persistent problems in urban communities. These program approaches draw stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and also set the stage for partnership equity between university and community partners where all perspectives are valued. The programs aims to act as a catalyst for engaging faculty, staff, students and other stakeholder groups in collaborative activities that connect science, pedagogy and practice creative integration of multiple communities of knowledge to solve societally relevant challenges within urban communities.
iCubed is comprised of the Cluster Hiring Initiative and Program, the Pathways to the Professoriate Program, the Visiting Faculty Scholars Program, the Commonwealth Scholars Program and the Commonwealth Citizens Awards Program.
Campaign4ComfortRVA | Founding Organizer – 2018 –
Beginning as a collaboration with a faith-based organization, Campaign4ComfortRVA is an ongoing awareness campaign and donation drive. C4C has resulted in the collection of 15,000+ menstrual products that are packaged and distributed to those with limited access. Previous organization include: Richmond City Jail, Advocates for Richmond Youth, Safe Harbor, ICE Out of Richmond, and Richmond Public Schools.
Southerners on New Ground (SONG)| Member Leader
Southern-based organizations that focus on collective liberation of queer people of color. Administrative duties such as planning meeting logistics, making phone calls and corresponding via email with members and
other organizations. Facilitate workshops and discussions, plan and aid in direction action efforts as well as inclusive policy making.
Virginia Anti-Violence Project | Communications Committee Member
Advocate and hold events for victims affected by any sort of violence in relation to their identities. Administrative duties include managing social media, workshop curating and facilitating, and tabling at community events.
Progress Virginia | Program Manager
ProgressVA is the communications hub of progressive issues in Virginia, aiming to discuss and amplify the policy and intersectionality of the movements within the progressive sphere. The program manager oversees the Women’s Equality Coalition, a program comprised of ten organizations of varying issue point. ProgressVA serves as 1/3 of the WEC steering committee. Tasks revolved around facilitation, bridging gaps between communities and causes, event planning, writing, and community outreach.
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia | Community Organizer and Digital Coordinator
The Richmond Community Organizer’s role entailed engaging community and reaching out to its members to educate them and advocate for their needs that fall in line with reproductive rights. Advocated for pro-choice legislation, as well as supported pro-choice candidates during election time. Planned events, as well as maintained and supported volunteers. Acted as liaison between communications team and advocacy team.
The Black Minds Matter Project | Co-Founder and Organizer
Grassroots project geared towards education and empowerment with a lens on mental health in the age of Black Lives Matter. Organizing roles included forming community relationships through collaboration, guest lecturing on campuses, hosting education and empowerment focused events, and social media management.
AmeriCorps- After School Tutor/Summer Camp Assistant
Served with AmeriCorps over the summer to engage with lower income youth. Time was spent and assisting in educational practices as well as creative spaces.
2017 Equity and Social Justice Conference|2018 National Association for Ethnic Studies
Volunteering/ Service Learning
Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project|Richmond City Justice Center
Open Minds|Rosmy (Now Side by Side)|Equality Virginia |iCubed|National Network of Abortion Funds| National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
Microsoft Office|Microsoft Outlook|Canva|WordPress|MailChimp| Survey Monkey| Planoly|Calendly|HootSuite|SquareSpace|Wix
LinkedIn| Facebook| Instagram| Twitter| YouTube
Community Organizing & Networking|
Grassroots Efforts|Racial, Economic & Social Justice|
Writing, Editing & Researching | Radio Show Operations|
Interviewing | Facilitating Workshops & Discussions |Curriculum Development| Community Partnering & Collaboration | Campaigning & Legislation| Community Outreach|Activism & Awareness|Education & Empowerment|Mental Health Awareness |Social Media Engagement
Recruiting Volunteers|Event Planning|Meeting Logistics|
30 Hours – Grant Writing – The Community Foundation