Hello, I started this blog less than a month before my departure to Indonesia for the Peace Corps as an English Teacher / Teacher Trainer. Forgive me, I am bad at titles so I decided to be descriptive. I am a black hijabi who will be in Indonesia for 27 months starting March 15, 2014. I do not speak for all black people, all hijabis, all women, the Peace Corps, nor any combination of those categories. I speak for myself. I wanted to add my voice to the diverse group of people who will, have, or are currently serving in Indonesia. Below is a little bit about be that I provided as a bio for Peace Corps so please excuse the awkward wording.
Prior to my appointment as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I worked as a Program Coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) at Texas A&M University. During my time at LSAMP, I oversaw the distribution of scholarships and fellowships to students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, developed seminars, supervised eight graduate assistants, and counseled over 70 students.
I became one of the first volunteers for the Clara B. Mounce Public Library’s ESL courses in Bryan, Texas. I’ve taught over 20 students with various English levels in the first year, worked with the library to develop curriculums, and helped shape the program.
I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana and live in College Station, Texas. I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas A&M University in College Station. I also have a master’s degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Religion and Ethnicity from The Graduate Center, City University of New York in New York City. My master’s thesis will be published as a chapter in the anthology Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging and Civil Rights through Liverpool University Press in March 2015.