Resume

Scholar-Advocate, Lecturer, Writer: Environmental Justice, Cultural Heritage & Human Rights

EDUCATION

LL.M,​ Environmental and Land Use Law​, University of Florida – Levin College of Law,​​ Gainesville, FL (August 2017 – May 2019); G.Cert.​, Latin American Studies (LAS), UF Center for LAS (May 2019)

Key UF Law courses: Natural Resources Law, Water Law, International Environmental Law, International Law of the Sea, Race Crime & Law, International Law (with a human rights lens), Renewable Energy Capstone

Key UF Latin American Studies courses: Global Studies for Educators, Comparative Law, Comparative Perspectives on Race & Ethnicity

J.D.,​ Critical Race Theory and Civil Rights emphases​, Florida A&M University College of Law,​ Orlando, FL (August 2012 – May 2015)

Key FAMU Law courses:​ Public International Law, Critical Race Theory, National Security Law, Bioethics and the Law, Race & the Law, Technology & Innovation

Select FAMU Law Scholarly Papers:  The Least of These Deserves to Be: A Case Against Disparate Sterilization (​ Bioethics & the Law); Fear-mongering is not National Security Law: Post 9/11 Domestic Discrimination (National Security Law);  Multimedia, The Arab Spring and News​ (Technology & Innovation)

B.A.,​ Mass Communication, News-Editorial concentration, psychology minor, c​um laude,  Grambling State University,​ Grambling, LA (August 2007 – December 2011)

STUDIES ABROAD: Comparative Constitutional Law, Mississippi College School of Law​ in Havana, Cuba (March 2015); Comparative Climate Change Law​ & Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Stetson University College of Law​ in George Town, Cayman Islands (December 2014 – January 2015)


Foci: ​Environmental justice, environmental migration, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, human rights, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) collectives, land traditions, landedness, social status, housing

EXPERIENCE

Dynamic Education Foundation, Inc.,​ Jacksonville, FL – Policy Adviser & Academic Tutor​ (August 2014 – Present)

University of Florida – Brechner Center​ for Freedom of Information, Gainesville, FL – Graduate Student Researcher​ (April 2018 – Present)

University of Miami​ – C​ollege of Arts & Sciences​, Coral Gables, FL –  Invited Lecturer,​ Communications Senior Lecturer Danielle Houck (November 2018)

University of Florida – Levin College of Law​ – Gainesville, FL – Research Assistant​, Natural Resources Law Professor Christine Klein (October 2017- April 2018)

Black Youth Project -​ University of Chicago-based online news source – Writer​ (September 2017 – April 2018)

Florida A&M University College of Law,​ Orlando, FL – Research Assistant​, International Law Professor John Duncan (January 2015 – May 2015)

 

Florida A&M University College of Law,​ Orlando, FL – Housing Clinic Legal Intern​ (January 2015 – May 2015)

Florida A&M University College of Law,​ Orlando, FL – Alumni Affairs & Development Intern​ (January 2015 – April 2015)

Florida A&M University College of Law,​ Orlando, FL – Housing Clinic Legal Intern​ (January 2015 – May 2015)

Florida A&M University College of Law,​ Orlando, FL – Alumni Affairs & Development Intern​ (January 2015 – April 2015)

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees​, Jacksonville, FL –
Legal Intern​ (June 2013 – September 2013)

Politic365 – Multicultural Policy Website – Writer​ (July 2011 – June 2013)

 

The Daily American newspaper​, Somerset, PA – Multimedia Intern ​(June 2009 – July 2009)

WJCT Public Media,​ Jacksonville, FL – Intern​ (June – July 2008)

The Gramblinite newspaper – Grambling State University,​ Grambling, LA –  Editor-in-Chief​ (August 2009 – December 2011)

CONFERENCE

Nova Southeastern University​, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 2019)
Crossroads of the Transatlantic Humanities Student Conference, Panelist​, Race and Economic Power Session

SELECT ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL AND SOCIO-LEGAL PUBLICATIONS

Graves of the Enslaved? Evidence Suggests Enslaved African People May be Buried on St. Augustine’s Fish Island, Now Eyed for Luxury Homes, WUFT MEDIA (December 18, 2018)

 

Chicago-Based Assata’s Daughters Announces Food Justice Through Gardening Project, ​BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (April 20, 2018)

13-Year-Old #1000BlackGirlBooks Creator Interviews 11-Year-Old March for Our Lives Advocate About Honoring Black Girls, ​BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (April 13, 2018)

N.C. Approves Policy to Limit Physical Restraints of Incarcerated Women in Labor, ​BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (March 29, 2018)

Beyonce, UNICEF and Gucci Partnership Brings $1 Million Support for Clean Water Projects in Burundi, ​BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (March 26, 2018)

California’s Judges Grow in Gender and Racial Diversity – But More Needs to Be Done,​ BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (March 12, 2018)

Will and Jaden Smith’s Company Just Water Donates Fresh Water to a Still Struggling Flint, MI, BLACK YOUTH PROJECT​ (March8,2018)

South Africa Moves to Take Lands from Settlers’ Descendants to Redistribute to Indigenous Africans, B​ LACK YOUTH PROJECT (March 2, 2018)

Trump Proposes Restricting Food Choice and No Fresh Fruits or Veggies for SNAP Participants, ​BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (February 15, 2018)

North Korea Performs Intercontinental Missile Test After the U.S. Names it a Sponsor of Terrorism, B​LACK YOUTH PROJECT(November29,2017)

What Azealia Banks, Cardi B, and Black Cornell Students Decrying African Immigrants Reveal About Black Scarcity, B​LACK YOUTH PROJECT (October 4, 2017)

Hurricane Irma Evacuation Plans Excluded Many South Florida Inmates,BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (September 17, 2017)

Oprah Winfrey Brings Power and Emotion to ‘The Immortal Henrietta Lacks’, BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (April 25, 2017)

Rachel Dolezal, Farcical Blackness and ‘Eating the Other’, B​LACK YOUTH PROJECT (March 30, 2017)

Increased Enrollment at HBCUs is Not Enough​, BLACK YOUTH PROJECT (September 19, 2016)

The Trauma of Police Brutality​, USA TODAY (September 2, 2016)

How Palestinian Protesters Helped Black Lives Matter, U​SA TODAY (July 1, 2016) (The Institute for Middle East Understanding re-published)

 

Beyonce’s Lemonade Doesn’t Have to Mean Everything to Everyone, T​EEN VOGUE (April 25, 2016)

The Least of These Deserves to Be: Opposing Disparate Sterilization​, RUTGERS JOURNAL OF BIOETHICS (Spring 2016)

Black Morality Matters: HBCU Distance from Donor Bill Cosby, H​ BCU DIGEST (October 2, 2015)

Connecting HBCUs with Cuba Makes Sense for Dollars, the Diaspora and Dissent, H​BCU DIGEST (February 2, 2015)

On V. Stiviano, Donald Sterling’s Companion: Exploring Whiteness as Property, FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW (2014) (re-published on Racism.org)

The Roads to Congress 2016: American Elections in a Divided Landscape Edited by Sean D. Foreman, Marcia L. Godwin (2017) (Authors cited my POLITIC365 article​ Val Demings: Former Police Chief May Be #1 House Candidate in Country i​n their book.)