I was born and largely raised in Port-Gentil Gabon and attended middle school at New Era High School in Panchgani India. I have a Bachelor’s in Mathematics Education, Master’s in Special Education and have taught in higher education (KU and UNC-CH) and in various K-12 settings, my last being the International School of Yaounde Cameroon. I’m currently a doctoral candidate at UNC-CH studying Critical Whiteness Studies in Education.
In terms of positionality, I identify as a white single critical race motherscholar (Matias, 2016) in education. In my life, mothering, my scholarship, and the Bahá’í Faith have always been inextricably linked as my daughter and I navigate our raced reality within the context of a deconstructing old world white supremacist framework and our active participation in the building of a new world order.
I am passionate about finding ways to deeply study and understand the Writings by using current academic discourses such as Critical Whiteness Studies and Critical Race Theory to grasp the depth of the urgent work Shoghi Effendi has tasked us with in the Advent of Divine Justice. I find purpose in hosting a monthly devotional series Uprooting Racism through Discourse and Spiritual Healing that focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of race, whiteness and white supremacy in addition to Bahá’í Guidance on race.
I actively strive to seek balance in prioritizing the main aspects of my life: quality family time, service to the Bahá’í Faith, academia and spending time outdoors biking, running, swimming, paddle boarding, hiking, camping and traveling. Professionally, I measure success by the impact my work has within the Baha’i and broader community. Personally, I measure success by sustaining a balanced life and fulfilling my purpose on this beautiful planet we call earth. I’m excited to learn with WI faculty and participants as we engage in challenging material and difficult and courageous conversations.