Language Access Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
How did I get here?
I completed my bachelor’s degree at Ohio Wesleyan University in Sociology/Anthropology and spent a year working in disabilities services as a transition specialist before beginning my position as Americorps VISTA- Language Access Coordinator. During my studies, I spent a semester with the School for International Training studying Global Health and Development Policy in Geneva, and lived abroad in Tanzania, where I learned the imperative of language in forming relationships and accessing foundational support systems.
Why am I at the Switchboard?
I grew up in a family who quite literally never moved. The house I grew up in is surrounded by grandparents, aunts and uncles, and the whole area had once been an ancestor’s farm. While there are many really wonderful things about living so close with family and history, it made me all the more curious about the world at large, and what it might be like to live elsewhere. I developed a love of travel and languages and connection across cultures, which ultimately instilled strong support for equitable globalization. Working with the Switchboard provides the opportunity to take part in making my home that much more welcoming.
- A lover of stories and the human experience
- Learning Swahili, German, and French very slowly
- A runner, horseback rider, and adventure seeker