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Alumni-in-Residence: Sign Up for Virtual Office Hours with Ashley J. Finigan ’08, Educator and Doctoral Candidate

The Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence program is excited to offer 20-minute, 1-on-1, virtual office hour appointments with Ashley J. Finigan ’08, an educator and doctoral candidate.

Students who are broadly interested in education, the arts, history, and building social change are encouraged sign up for a one-on-one meeting to ask questions and gain career advice in an informal, conversational setting.

Ashley J. Finigan ’08 is an upper school History and American Studies teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School. In addition to teaching, Ashley is also a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Chicago, where she is currently at work on her dissertation – an organizational history of the National Council of Negro Women.

While at Amherst, she double majored in Black Studies and History, worked as a Resident Counselor, served as a telementor, was a member of the Black Students Union, and sang with the gospel choir. Building on her experiences in the Reading, Writing, and Teaching program and Inside-Out Prison exchange, Ashley chose to pursue a career in education, and after graduation, returned home to New York City to work as a high school global history teacher through the Teach for America program. She then moved on to earn an M.A in African American Studies from Columbia University and eventually relocated to Chicago to pursue further graduate study.

While at Chicago, Ashley led summer arts education programs housed at the Smart Museum of Art, in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority, and served as a mentor with the Minds Matter program. In her current position at the Berkeley Carroll School, Ashley has developed courses in African American and Caribbean history and served as a faculty advisor to the school’s A Capella Club and the Girls II Women student group. Through all her work, Ashley has come to think of herself as a knowledge producer and seeks to apply her skills as a historian to multiple venues as an educator.

Alumni-in-Residence office hours appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis to current sophomores, juniors and seniors. Submit your resume today to sign up for a time slot!