My past training includes degrees in biology, public health, and experience in research, program implementation, and assessment. As a result, I entered the world of sociology and academia with a good understanding of how systems like medicine and healthcare bear on everyday inequalities. When I began teaching and exploring disciplines beyond Sociology like LGBTQ Studies and Women’s Studies, it was important to me to be the kind of professor that helped my students critically examine social systems which are marked as holding expertise, truth, and power. Whether it’s a class on Urban Sociology or Women’s Sexualities, I want my students to understand that all truth is partial and that it is important to learn how to discern fact from fiction, personal opinions from data, and to become adept at looking at knowledge production as a particular kind of process – one that they can then shape. I establish a safe zone in my classrooms, where some of the most marginalized students are able to have a voice and those with a lot of privilege are encouraged to listen and to learn from their peers. For example, if in their other classrooms, my students of color are often dominated by their white peers in conversation, they are able to express themselves in my classes without being interrupted or having to educate their peers on race and racism since, regardless of the subject matter, that topic is always required. Often, I complement textbooks with readings that are not generally assigned, centering black and brown feminists, LGBTQ scholars, and scholar-activists that are also working on changing the world outside of academia. Finally, I encourage my students to produce texts and projects that I can then use in future classes, because their peers respond well to work produced by someone that they can relate to and they can then see themselves following their older peers into graduate study. For more information, take a look at my teaching statement, student feedback letters (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), teaching photos, and syllabi for Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Women’s Studies, LGBTQ Concepts, Urban Sociology, and Parenting & Gender, a course that I developed and taught at Brooklyn College.