Tell me about your work. What are you currently working on?
Currently working with a group of about 6 students to complete the coding of a photovoice project we conducted last year. The project was focused on the experiences of discrimination that students faced as student at UWB. The groups were facilitated by UWB undergraduate research assistants. Sometime in the Spring, we are hoping to hold a community forum to present our findings and get feedback from students, staff and faculty on campus
Of your accomplishments workwise, which are you most proud of and why?
Throughout my career as an academic, I am most proud of the students that I have gotten the opportunity to work with
What/who inspired you to choose this field? What/who inspires you now?
It is tough to say that anyone inspired me to go into Public Health, more a lot of people that worked with me to see that we have a responsibility to eachother, to help and support one another and I saw teaching and working in public health as a way to do that.
Honestly, I am struggling with inspiration right now, but if there is anything it’s the seeing the success of past students
What are your immediate plans for your work? What are your aspirations?
At this point, I am just focusing on getting through the troubling aftershocks of the last 3-5 years politically, culturally and socially. I think, right now, it is enough to aspire to get up and do as well as I can each day. My plans, in the immediate future are focused on doing what I can to best reach the students we have and work out as strong an experience at Bothell as possible
Why UW Bothell?
Its a smaller more interesting school, not as bound to tradition as other places I have been
As a member of the faculty, what would you tell other professors about working here?
That is an interesting question and would depend on who I was talking to 😊
Besides their degree, what will students get out of attending UW Bothell?
If I am being totally honest, I don’t know in general. Students in my classes will get an honest blunt look at the world of public health and the whereas and whys of the state of health around us. They should come out the backside of our program with a healthy skepticism of our systems and tools to be able to tell fact from fiction and have an idea of what needs to be done
How can students excel in your class?
Pretty easy: show up, read, answer questions, ask questions
How do you spend your time outside of work?
Reading, playing video games, cooking, enjoying the occasional good bourbon or tequila, camping and hiking
What else would you like readers to know about you?
I am a cynic at the best of times, I am deeply critical of our systems of health coming from a deep desire to see a world where social justice is more important than market justice. Also, I truly, truly want my students to learn and learn to learn, to be a bit better at finding their place in the world, one that they can be proud of and comfortable with