My teaching philosophy is greatly influenced by my experiences in and out the academic classroom, and is rooted in social justice and advocacy for underrepresented communities. The primary goal of my teaching is to develop student interest in politics while using an intersectional and critical race framework. My classroom engages students by creating a safe learning environment in which students are empowered to critically challenge the world around them, enhancing substantive knowledge as well as oral and written communication skills. The primary principles of my teaching philosophy are peer to peer engagement, active participation, cultural competency, community engagement and mentoring. These are critical for students' personal and academic development, and professional skills outside of the classroom. I practice open communication with my students, clearly state my expectations from the start of the course, and provide ample opportunities for students to get assistance. Guided by these principles, I have successfully and effectively engaged students in various courses and seminars.