As a graduate student, I committed a substantial amount of time and energy to several organizations. From 2013 to 2015, I was the webmaster for the Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group. Along with Michael Duke (University of Memphis) and Shir Lerman (University of Connecticut), I coordinated AMHIG's first conference.
From 2010 to 2014, I served as the list serv moderator for the Society for Anthropology of North America. From 2009 – 2012, I was a graduate student board member for SANA. SANA is a fantastic organization that creates an intellectually-inspiring space for anthropologists, researchers, and students to study various aspects of culture in North America.
During graduate school, I contributed to the Department of Anthropology at American University by coordinating the Public Anthropology Conference in 2009 and 2010. My fellow coordinator was Julie Koppel Maldonado, who does amazing work on climate change. Julie and I successfully grew PAC’s attendance rates to more than 200 attendees each year, and we expanded it into a full two-day conference accompanied by a full one-day film festival. Julie and I were particularly proud of our outreach efforts to non-academic community members as we continued PAC’s tradition of initiating and continuing partnerships with individuals and organizations located outside of the realm of academia.
During my undergraduate years at the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, I introduced the first-ever Take Back the Night Events to campus in 2006 – 2007, and 2007 – 2008. Dr. Kathleen Grove and Dr. Julie Lash were both instrumental in making these events happen.