Kathleen (she/her/hers), who originally hails from Manistee, Michigan, is an activist, educator, and first-year Ph.D. student in Composition & Rhetoric who is interested in how writing classrooms can prepare our students to be thoughtful, empathetic, values-driven community members. Kathleen is also interested in dismantling classism in higher education and researching the ways in which rhetoric is used to frame political conversations and movements, particularly how dualistic, simplistic, and adversarial rhetoric dilutes and debases political discourse and what we believe is possible for the future. Before coming to UNL, Kathleen worked for five years as an Academic Advisor/Counselor then a Senior Academic Advisor/Counselor and Program Coordinator for a TRIO Student Support Services program at Loyola University Chicago, where she previously received a Master's in English, on the 'teaching track'. Kathleen also earned a Bachelor’s in English, with a minor in Politics & Government, from North Park University in Chicago. Kathleen hopes to teach one day full-time at a community college, where she will be active in campus and community life.