I am an avid reader and I have been for all of my life. I love (mostly) any genre of book and I am willing to give any author my time to read their writing. In early 2014, it struck me that most of the authors I was reading were White men. This is not inherently bad or evil, but I was struck with the lack of diversity in my library. One of my goals moving forward was to intentionally diversify my reading and commit to review authors of marginalized identities.
I did not get into tabletop gaming (board and card games) until September of 2014. The first “real” board game I played was Pandemic and later that month I invested in Ticket to Ride and never looked back. I found a deep passion in board gaming and I love sharing my passion with others. I found gaming to be a great way to connect with others and a good tool to help people through many different developmental moments in life. Similar to literature, I was intrigued at the social justice implications of the market – what games were being published, what themes were being used, and which designers were most successful in the industry.
To answer those questions, I decided to start a blog and get more involved with both the literature community and the board gaming community. Social justice is not an individual journey; we must all take it together. I value your feedback, opinions, ideas, and input.
For a living, I work in higher education in the non-academic setting with students from very diverse backgrounds. Through my educational path and my job, I have learned about and experienced extensively the impact of systemic privilege and oppression.
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