Bachelor's Degree(s): Psychology, B.S. and Spanish, B.A. at LSU, 2005
Master's Degree(s): Currently enrolled in LSU MSW program, 2017
Phone: (225) 578-0433
Office: 330 Huey P. Long Field House
After graduating from LSU with degrees in psychology and Spanish, Erica set off to run a mission house and medical center in a Haitian village in the middle of the cane fields in the Dominican Republic for fourteen months. Here she witnessed the atrocities of and gave aid and friendship to marginalized refugees, the poorest of the poor in the Western Hemisphere. Next, Erica moved to Chicago where she worked for Cornerstone Community Outreach, a homeless shelter in Uptown, helping to maintain their database, report on statistics, and write grants which helped gain funding for and perspective on serving a mostly minority and penurious population. In addition, they pioneered transgender tolerance and housing in shelters across Chicago. Erica also worked with an after-school program, Brothers and Sisters United, which provided homework help, recreational activities, and an escape from gang pressure for twelve- to nineteen-year-olds. During this time, she traveled back and forth to India working with Lord Jesus Ministry, of which she is still a board member and webmaster, providing housing, education, medical attention, and life skills to students, street children, and orphans in West Bengal and Sikkim. Currently, Erica is a copyeditor for Spring Journal and Books™, enrolled in LSU’s MSW program online, and serving as the Enrichment Specialist for LSU OSSRD’s YEP Village serving ten- to twelve-year-old African American boys from parts of Baton Rouge suffering most from poverty and violence.