Academic Background & Research Interests
B.S. Human Centered Design & Engineering; Interested in design-thinking pedagogy to improve public education system, STEM education in rural areas, community engagement
I am a first generation Mexican-American. I grew up in the Lower Yakima Valley, specifically in Wapato, Harrah, and White Swan. I completed my undergraduate degree from the University of Washington (UW) in Human Centered Design & Engineering in June 2018. During my undergraduate experience I studied abroad twice, I did research in Arizona, and was active in organizations such as Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. As a graduate student I remain active in WiSE, my sorority, and outreach events.
What led you to pursue a Degree in Education?
I am pursuing a degree in education because I believe that all students have the right to receive an education that allows them to reach their full potential. I also believe that a meaningful impact in education can potentially shape a better future society.
Why did you choose the UW and College of Education?
I chose the UW College of Education because I had built a strong community for myself at UW as an undergraduate. My community was important to me so that I could stay true to my goals, and so that my future work in education could remain interdisciplinary by having mentors from the College of Education, College of Engineering, and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.
What will you do to transform the world upon graduation?
Upon graduation, my plan is to return to the Lower Yakima Valley so that I can be active in the community and serve as a resource for students and families.