Office: Behavioral Sciences A208
Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant Ph.D. Student
Department: Communication Studies
My personal and academic purpose is to pursue and support social justice and social transformation in all that I do. By this I mean, I seek to deepen my understanding of and actively participate in repairing the many inequities and social injustices that pervasively undermine and oppress the lives of individuals and communities at the intersection of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, spirituality, ability, nationality and/or history. My interests lie in collaborative research and how communication methods can enhance or inhibit civic engagement. My scholarship investigates the intersection of kairos, institutional memory, feminist theory, and theories of toxic white feminity.
I hold an M.A. from the University of Denver in Conflict Resolution and received my B.A. in Communication Studies, along with a minor in Environmental Horticulture, from CSU. I am a first generation college student, a Graduate Research Assistant with the Office of the Provost, and a 2018-2020 Fellow with the Academy for Systems Change. In a former life, I worked and lived abroad in an organizational development capacity for a large steel manufacturer in the Czech Republic.
When not trying to make the world more vibrant, I am chasing waves, gardening, finding magic in the mundane, and riding my bike around town.
*Self-expression and self-identification are professional and personal values of mine. One way to practice these values is to share gender pronouns. My name is Emily and I use she/her pronouns.
M.A., University of Denver - Conflict Resolution; B.A., Colorado State University - Communication Studies
First Generation Story
I was raised by a musician and a massage therapist, neither of whom went to college or pushed it on our family. I dropped out of college after my freshman year out of lack of interest, guidance, and fear of taking on more student debt. I lived and worked abroad for many years and I attribute my time learning two languages and exploring other cultures, jobs, and interests to what ultimately led me back to school.