What do you do?
I lecture, encourage & inspire our youth to nurture their curiosity for science & STEM related fields.
Why did you choose this field?
Growing up there was no representation amongst my science teachers & peers, many of them where all white males & it was hard to visualize myself amongst them. I didn’t want anymore women or people of color to be intimidated by science due to lack of representation. I wanted to be an Afro Latina that young scholars could look up to & see that anything is attainable.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Being a positive role model in my community and being able to help address the academic and social needs of my students and the communities in which they live.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I look forward to seeing that breakthrough on a students face when they learn about a new topic or something that they have been struggling with finally makes sense to them.
Best advice for next generation?
My plan is not to force any young women into stem, I plan on being a positive role model and teach them that if it is something they are interested in then there is nothing holding them back! That they are capable and deserve to be in this field just as much as everyone else.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
Everything that drowned me, taught me how to swim.