I am an outreach professional, educator, social science researcher, and designer of digital learning resources and educational spaces. Before my current position as an outreach program manager with the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement, I worked for over two decades on STEM/STEAM, new literacies and multiliteracies research in formal, informal and digital spaces. In the past and today, my work with educators and communities often focuses on non dominant groups (e.g. low income, Latino, immigrant background, women), in order to support the movement of expertise and interest across multiple contexts. I take a network, ecological and activity theoretical approach to building relationships across diverse perspectives, discourses and stakeholders. The overall goal of my work is to collaboratively develop programs that are personally, socially and academically consequential. View my CV or my Hybrid CV_Resume
As a design-based program developer and ethnographic researcher, I am committed to equitable learning opportunities and healthy communities for members of nondominant groups. I take what is known as a “funds of knowledge” (Gonzalez, Moll & Amanti, 2005) approach to working collaboratively with communities towards the development of “connected learning” (Ito et al., 2013). Such an approach argues that the lived experiences, interests and histories of all youth and families are valuable potential resources for learning oriented toward equitable academic and life opportunities. My publications and presentations are intended to provide practical and theoretical guidance in the areas of new media and learning, “connected learning”, funds of knowledge, STEM and new literacies pedagogies.