I am originally from Fontana, California, and the oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants. I developed a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at a very young age, and often envisioned myself as a scientist. Early on in my life, my parents taught me to value community and engage in social work that would support our community and neighbors. Merging my passion for STEM and community work, my research focuses on promoting equity and social justice in STEM education. Specifically, I study the lived experiences of students of color across various contexts to understand how to develop pedagogical practices that are inclusive and culturally sustaining of marginalized communities' practices.
I completed my Ph.D. and M.A. from UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. I also obtained my B.S.in Mathematics from MIT.