Life is a Journey

1982

Toledo, OhioBorn

2001

Graduated from High SchoolAt the Age of 19

2002

Congressional Intern, Office of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)

2002-2003

Led the Campaign to Re-Activate the University of Michigan NAACP Chapter

2003

Lobbied the NAACP National Board and Co-Organized NAACP/BAMN Delegation from the University of Michigan to Washington, DC for rallies at the Supreme Court in support of the affirmative action cases before the Supreme Court

9/4/2003

Diagnosed with HIV

2004

Graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Arts

2004-2005

Campaign Headquarters Manager for my Hometown’s First Black Mayor

2006

Earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from Brown University

2008

Selected as a Pre Doctoral Fellow in the Center for African American Politics at the University of Rochester

May 2009

Graduated from Brown University with a Ph.D. in political science

August 2009

Began Working as an Assistant Professor at Clark University in Worcester, MA

2011

Led the Effort to Re-Activate the Worcester MA branch of the NAACP and was elected President, the first openly gay president of color in NAACP history

2012

Began Working as an Assistant Professor and Stennis Scholar for Municipal Governance at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS

2013

Lobbied the National Black Justice Coalition to investigate the murder of Marco McMillian, an openly gay Black candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, MS

2015

Co-organized the response effort to protest a rescinded Starkville Council Equality Resolution that originally extended health insurance to any household member of a city employee.

August 2015

After earning tenure at Mississippi State, I accepted a job offer at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

February 2017

Founder and Co-Organizer of the Black and Bold LGBTQ Awards, Virginia

2017

Selected as a National Mentor with the National Teaching Fellows and the Yale National Initiative Teachers’ Institute

August 2019

Began my current position as Chair and Professor of Political Science at Howard University

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