Imaginative: /iˈmaj(ə)nədiv/ (adjective) having or showing creativity or inventiveness.
My favorite make-believe game as a child was "school." I would teach my stuffed animals and dolls for hours; poring over the adventures of Anne of Green Gables and the latest American Girl novel. My parents have always and continue to nurture my imagination, contributing the most to my growing book collection. My imagination continues to serve me as a researcher, especially as I explore the power, strength, and passion within and among marginalized members (e.g., Black women) of organizations.
Resourceful: /rəˈsôrsfəl/ (adjective) having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.
As a first-generation college student, locating and securing resources were critical to my academic and personal success. Through my research and service, I've found this trait to be useful for most members of marginalized social identity groups including women of color (I expound on this idea here). I aim to funnel resources to my participants, students, and future generations of scholars through my advocacy and consulting work.
Explorer: /ikˈsplôrər/ (noun): a person who explores an unfamiliar area; an adventurer.
I am an aspiring traveler (currently visited 4 continents and 5 countries) and personally love exploring unfamiliar places and activities. Academia at times feels like an unfamiliar (and unwelcome) place, especially when I experience racism and sexism from others. Yet, I've found and cultivated spaces that affirm my identity and work within the academy, making this adventure worthwhile.