Lisa is a scholar-activist who led the Justice4Tory Campaign, which included rallies and action efforts to release Tory Robinson, a Black man who was unlawfully arrested and jailed for 18 days in California. Lisa is an alumni of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Social Change & Communication with minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Lisa received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University where she published research entitled “All the Girls are White, All the Blacks are Male: Qualitative Experiences of Black Girls on the East Coast.”
Lisa works throughout the country with youth development programs training teachers and staff best practices for working with youth of color, facilitating empowerment groups for young people and providing technical support to institutions on issues of diversity, gender equity and cultural competency.
Lisa teaches courses in Black Studies, Women’s Studies and at San Diego State University and Sociology at the University of Iowa. Current projects include bridging student-community knowledge, culturally relevant teaching and Black childhood development. Lisa is currently serving as the Vice President of Membership with the National Black Graduate Student Association, the Vice President of the Black Graduate & Professional Students organization at Iowa, a Senator for Graduate and Professional Student Government while pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Iowa.