Kelly is a doctoral student in Higher Education. They earned a BA in in Political Science from UArizona’s School of Government and Public Policy and a Master of Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Kelly was the project manager for the Safe Mothers, Safe Children Project at the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. In this role, they were responsible for the overall operations of the study, including program development, community outreach, data monitoring, compliance, manuscript production, and grant writing. Their research includes an intersectional and critical approach to identity construction, student activism, and community care within higher education. Action, connection, and community are critical to their standpoint as a white, non-binary, and femme scholar. Kelly’s work is rooted in queer community-building and narrative processing as a counter to heteronormativity and neoliberalism. They also enjoy hiking, video games, reading, puzzles, and long guilt-free naps.