Welcome to my world! I’m a practicing intersectional environmentalist studying to become a city planner. I’m also a published poet and a digital storyteller (creating short, travel videos and superimposing photographs are my favorite), and I’m most likely always dancing. My preferred pronouns are she/her.
I am a graduate student at The Ohio State University, where I will earn a Master of City and Regional Planning degree, specializing in equitable, sustainable cities for generations to come. I hold a Bachelor of Specialized Studies (May 2018) in “Feminist Political Ecology,” a minor in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate from Ohio University.
Aligning my professional work experiences with my personal values is incredibly important to me. I worked for 3 years as a Research Scholar in Environmental Studies at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, writing stories about both local and global environmental change, as well as coordinating media coverage for the Energy & Environment team. I traveled the world and cultivated new leadership skills with the National Student Leadership Conference as a social media coordinator for 3 consecutive summers. Coming back home to Columbus, Ohio, I educated visitors about the first Smart City Challenge in America and redefined my relationship with my hometown as an ambassador at Smart Columbus. Currently, I’m an intern at the Columbus-based planning firm planning NEXT, where I am learning first-hand what it takes to become a city planning professional.
Cultivating a life well-lived is a new(er) passion of mine. I enjoy celebrating life through dance and outdoor exercise (hiking, biking, and frisbee-ing), practicing yoga, and staying connected with my family and friends — both near and far.
I have been very candid throughout my professional and personal discovery process on my blog ‘Body Mind Bella.‘ I share my words, thoughts, and emotions not only as a way to overcome my own fears but as a way to share stories with you, my readers. I have always been a storyteller at heart.
Come join me, as I continue to share this story of the human-environment intersection, and channel participatory action as the foundation that connects our communities.