As a registered nurse (RN) in the state of California it has been my privilege to be a full-time tenured professor of nursing for 19 years at College of the Canyons, a California Community College. Most recently my position has changed to nursing program director.
I also am a part time professor of nursing at Charles Drew University since 2021. In 2021 I completed my PhD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing. My dissertation was a quantitative research study titled: Color-Blind Racial Attitudes in Nursing Students and Nursing Faculty. I have also taught in the nursing programs at UCLA, California State University Channel Islands, California State University Northridge, Los Angeles Pierce College, as well as serving as a teaching assistant/apprentice at UCLA during my PhD. Previous nursing experience includes being a telemetry medical surgical nurse at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. I have also worked per diem at various hospitals throughout Los Angeles County.
For two years prior to my career as a nurse I taught high school biology and was also a substitute teacher for K-12. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UCLA, a BSN from Creighton University and an MSN from California State University Los Angeles. Much of my free time is spent pursuing race unity activities within and outside the Baha’I community. Persian is my second language that I learned from my mother’s side of the family who are Iranian. My children, in college, are proud, active members of the Navajo Nation located in northeastern Arizona. I currently live with my daughter in Inglewood, California where I have resided since 2019.