Graduate Teaching Assistant


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Graduate Teaching Assistant
    • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • M.A., University of Denver - Conflict Resolution
    • B.A., Colorado State University - Communication Studies
  • Curriculum Vitae:


I hold an M.A. from the University of Denver in Conflict Resolution and received my B.A. in Communication Studies, along with a minor in Environmental Horticulture, from CSU. I am a first generation college student, a Graduate Research Assistant with the Office of the Provost, and a 2018-2020 Fellow with the Academy for Systems Change. In a former life, I worked and lived abroad in an organizational development capacity for a large steel manufacturer in the Czech Republic.

When not trying to make the world more vibrant, I am chasing waves, gardening, finding magic in the mundane, and riding my bike around town.

*Self-expression and self-identification are professional and personal values of mine. One way to practice these values is to share gender pronouns. My name is Emily and I use she/her pronouns.

First Generation Story

I was raised by a musician and a massage therapist, neither of whom went to college or pushed it on our family. I dropped out of college after my freshman year out of lack of interest, guidance, and fear of taking on more student debt. I lived and worked abroad for many years and I attribute my time learning two languages and exploring other countries, cultures, jobs, and interests to what ultimately led me back to school.