My intention is to serve my community with research that considers the intersections of sexual health, space, and power to improve community health equity. By building on my background in Urban Studies and Political Science fields to complete my doctorate in the CIIS Human Sexuality program, I will continue my commitment to support sexual minorities.
I manage a Sexual Health program at Alliance Health Project (AHP) since 2006 within the University of California San Francisco's (UCSF) network of ambulatory care clinics. AHP is an LGBTQ mental health clinic with ancillary HIV/STD, Hepatitis C, and COVID rapid testing services. Before this position, I gained extensive experience in developing culturally competent HIV prevention programs and outreach to African American gay and bisexual men at risk for HIV infection. During five years with California Prostitution Education Project (Cal-PEP) in Oakland, I worked in program management and mobile test sites providing rapid HIV testing. This includes counseling clients about linkage to medical care, partner notification, and treatment options.
Additionally, I served on the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) and the San Francisco Prevention Planning Council as Community Co-Chair from 2006 to 2009. Currently, I sit on the End Hepatitis C coordinating committee and UCSF's LGBTQ patient feedback and Black staff and hiring equity workgroups. In my personal time, I count the seconds until I can create photograph composites of sensual, masculine subjects in urban scenes.