I am a PhD Candidate in American Studies at George Washington University studying race and sexuality in post-Civil Rights faith-based activism. My project chronicles the emergence of LGBTQ faith communities from 1968-1988. I am also active in building networks among faith leaders in the current Equality Movement because my passion for academic research is fueled by my faith and their intersection is an important tool for fostering dialogue and creating community. In the summer of 2014 I participated in the Harvard Divinity Seminar on Religion and Sexuality. In addition to being selected for the 2013 HRC Summer Institute, I am the 2013 recipient of the Zwickler Sexuality Studies Research Grant from Cornell University. I was selected to attend MountainTop, an LGBT Mulit-Faith Gathering co-sponsored by Auburn Seminary and Vanderbilt University. In March 2012, I was inducted into the Edward Bouchet Society. In 2008, my Master’s thesis, “From Death to Life: the Development of Christian AIDS Ministries in Harlem,” won the Zora Neale Hurston Award for Excellence in Writing in the Social Sciences from Columbia University. In 2006, I was named Paul Robeson Fellow and enjoyed the privilege of working as a research assistant for Dr. Manning Marable.