For more than the decade that I have been involved in education as a secondary teacher and as a graduate student in education policy and leadership, I have had had strong interests in issues of diversity and equity. From my experience as a teacher, and graduate training and research, I have learned that diversity and equity issues are not secondary but rather, they require constant commitment and examination. I aim to conduct research that is committed to studying issues of social equity, to promote student learning grounded in diverse backgrounds, and to provide mentoring and guidance for graduate students, particularly those from underrepresented groups.