Outside of the lab, I am a passionate advocate for underrepresented STEM engagement at all levels. After a three year term as treasurer of Women In Machine Learning, Inc, I have moved to the senior advisory council. As a student, I held a variety of leadership positions in the National Society of Black Engineers at both the local and national levels including National Academic Excellence Chair.
ACM Fairness, Accountability, Transparency
I served as the 2021 FAccT Virtual Experience Chair.
I became a certified Carpentries instructor in November 2017 and in 2018-2020 I served on the Lesson Infrastructure Committee. I became a trainer in 2019 and served on an ad hoc committee to develop a leadership structure by invitation starting in 2020. In 2021 and 2022 I was elected to the Trainers Leadership Committee, where I served as the first chair.
Women in Machine Learning
In 2016 I joined the WiML Board, I served as the Treasurer from 2016 until March 2019. In this capacity, I formalized our financial practices, built a finance committee, and established a direct funding for general administrative support. I served as a co-organizer for the 2014 Women in Machine Learning Workshop. The 9th Annual WiML was again co-located with NeurIPS. As the Finance and Sponsorship chair, I lead our efforts to secure corporate sponsorship and our sponsor relations.
National Society of Black Engineers
I’ve been an active member of NSBE since fall 2006 serving in numerous leadership positions at both the chapter and national levels.
In 2016, I led a series of professional development workshops for the executive board of the Northeastern University chapter, the Black Engineering Student Society. Topics included:
Task management & internal procedures for a team
Fundraising/ Money Management (specialized to Northeastern/NSBE)
Academic skills: developing your personal study plan
Workshop workshop: how to plan effective workshops for general body meetings
Establishing, recruiting and delegating to a committee
Time management as a student leader
Developing Professional Communication Protocol
As the National Academic Excellence Chair for 2014-15, I served as a member of the board of directors. I lead a team of six appointees and six regional counterparts to oversee the long term planning for and the implementation of programs to support members’ pursuit of academic excellence.
As Vice Chair to the Empowering African American Women in STEM Task Force in 2013-14, I facilitated the effort to pinpoint areas that the society should focus its efforts to be the most impactful in engaging more women in STEM.
In 2013-14 I served as the Collegiate Initiative Chair for NSBE Boston, in this capacity I served as a liaison for area collegiate chapters to the local professional chapter.
Student Research Engangement Committee
As founding chair through 2015, I lead a team of students to work with the Engineering Dean’s office to increase student engagement in research, specifically undergraduate involvement and graduate ownership, within the college by providing resources and hosting educational workshops. Some of our most successful initiatives include a workshop for students applying to Research Experience for Undergraduates programs, a college wide undergraduate lab fair, and an experimental design workshop for engineering graduate students.