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Thank you for visiting my website! I am a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University's Earl Center for Learning and Innovation and the BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. As an educational researcher, I work to explicitly acknowledge and disrupt the role of race and racism as obstacles for achieving equity in STEM through research, practice, professional development, mentoring, and outreach activities.

 

Through design-based research, I work with youth, teachers, community partners, and researchers to design formal and informal learning environments that support expansive and creative inquiry in STEM. My research focuses on youth of color, social justice, equity, intellectual authority distribution, critical making and the role of computation and new learning technologies in STEM identity development. 

I come from struggle and strength.

Mis padres son mi fortaleza.

I'm an Aries, by the way.

 

01About me

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California by two selfless and hard-working parents, Leonor and Pedro. My parents instilled in me the value of an education as a means to better myself and achieve a life of opportunities they could only dream of. Heeding their advice and guidance, I have dedicated myself to the pursuit of higher education. I am a steadfast supporter of genuine and holistic equity-oriented educational reform, committed to collaborative creation and cultivation of educational opportunities for youth of color in STEM.

EDUCATION

PhD, Education

University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Education

University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Chicana/o Studies & History

University of California, Los Angeles

RESEARCH

Critical Relationality

Technical Rationality

Critical Race Theory

Curricular STEM Reform

Diversity & Equity in STEM Education

Critical Media Literacy

STEM Literacies

STEM Identity 

Making Cultures and Practices

 

03mis queridos padres

Dondequiera que voy...

Hablo de ustedes, de sus sacrificios, de su trabajo laboroso, del valor que me inculcaron para seguir luchando por una mejor vida. Hablo sobre la herencia que me dejaron--una herencia que vive dentro de mi mente y mi corazón, que jamas podré perder, gastar, y que nadie me podrá quitar: mi educación.

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05Contact me

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.  -Maya Angelou

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