What was your most memorable class at Bowdoin?
Education and Social Justice, with Doris Santoro.
In the Education & Social Justice course, we looked at different examples and forms of justice in the education space. My semester ended with a research project that focused on economic and social justice at Bowdoin; I provided information and a detailed analysis on Bowdoin’s past commitment to diversity... I enjoyed the class because not only was I a Bowdoin student, but also, I was a woman of color at Bowdoin, making this informative history, my own history....
Through interviews with predominately Black academic institutions (prep schools, HBCUs, etc.), I realized that Black Americans, who have been historically (and currently) excluded from economic opportunity, will benefit from curriculums and pedagogies that inform and enforce economic stability and mobility. My study concluded with blueprint for a school with an economics-centered curriculum in economically distressed, Black communities. With Professor Santoro, I learned the meaning of economic justice.
What was one take-away from Bowdoin?
To think critically about problems and solutions, while being flexible and open to change.
I graduated from Bowdoin and formally started my career on Wall Street, where I worked as a Jr. Portfolio Manager in the private wealth management division of a big bank. I gained some great skill sets in this role and, after a few years, re-evaluated my career goals – I needed to do something more sustainable, which meant that my work needed to have a purpose rooted in justice.
During my two years at business school... I stood out from my classmates for two main reasons: 1) I had more questions than answers. I wanted to understand why the business school pedagogy and curriculum hadn’t changed since America became a more diverse and service-driven economy; instead, the teachings still focused on predominately white male perspectives within a manufacturing-driven economy and 2) I wasn’t worried about recruiters liking me and getting a lucrative job offer, I was worried about liking recruiters and the organization’s mission and ensuring that the job would be mission-oriented with the intellectual rigor that I needed....
After business school... I accepted an offer with Hope Enterprise Corporation, where I [worked] as the Chief of Staff. Hope Enterprise Corporation is a community development financial institution focused on economically distressed communities in the South. The organization is 1) a credit union ... 2) a loan fund that provides... affordable housing, community facilities, and healthy food financings, and 3) a policy institute that... stimulates changes that promote economic justice for historically unbanked and underbanked populations.