A leader with a holistic approach to mentorship and directorship roles, Dakota is deeply invested in the personal and professional development of every person that touches their life. Deeply rooted in justice and equity, Dakota is dedicated to making sure that DEI is first, not virtue-signaling as a means of meeting the times but entrenched in every single part of program development, implementation, evaluation, and institutional culture and climate. And secondly, with both DEI and their praxis more broadly, Dakota has proven that they will not do any work that impacts historically oppressed populations without putting people from those communities at the forefront of those conversations in a participatory action framework.
From running community outreach strategies and then entire political campaigns, to teaching about complex issues of race, class, and gender with relevant materials to wide audiences with differing levels of knowledge and political leanings, to creating programs that can be, from the start, evaluated for their impact, Dakota has spent the past near-decade impacting social change through mission-driven work.
Dakota graduated with their B.A. from Emmanuel College in 2016 with a double major in English and Sociology (with a concentration in Human Services) and a minor in Gender Studies; they received their Master of Social Policy from Brandeis University in 2020.
Currently, Dakota teaches Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and in November 2022, began their newest role as the Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Harvard Medical School. As of 2023, Dakota has an M.A., PhD ABD in Social Policy from Brandeis University. Their work involves racial disproportionality in foster care, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and systems change more broadly.