I am from Chicago and graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in African American Studies and a M.A. in History from Roosevelt University and I am currently pursuing my M.S. at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. My academic interests include Data Curation, Archival preservation, Digital Humanities and Special Collections. My current research looks at how to empower marginalized communities to organize, preserve, and digitize significant historical material produced at the community level that contribute to our national historical record.