Community engagement means having a deep and nuanced understanding of one’s environment, making a commitment to ensure that our society is as just as it could be, and using these two resources to fuel action. Being on the faculty at Northwestern University allows me to contribute to a vibrant campus environment through teaching, research, and service to the institution. At the local level, I experience community connectedness through my work with the HIV/AIDS advocacy community and my participation in public conversations related to my research.
At the national level, my work for Spelman College allows me to serve an institution dedicated to developing young women that will go on to change the world. As many of the issues that I study have implications across the country and connect to what we are observing around the world, I also contribute to national debates on how we will respond to the serious inequalities that limit opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential. Finally, I mentor several young people across the country. I had, and continue to have, wonderful mentors who are invested in my development, and I think that it is crucial to
give back in this way.
Trustee, Spelman College Board of Trustees,
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Member, National Advisory Board,
Women’s Research and Resource Center,
Read about Celeste's 10 at 10 Initiative
Member, Power Girls Advisory and Mentoring Council,
Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute
Member, Board of Directors, Test Positive Aware Network