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SACNAS at UCI

Secretary

September 2019 - Current

Vice President

SACNAS at UCI is a chapter of the national organization (https://www.sacnas.org/). Our mission is to foster the success of minorities in STEM professional and advanced degrees. I am the new vice president for the organization. I deal with administrative duties as well as assist with several outreach events.I created and ran a workshop for undergraduate students on REU programs. 

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Fellowship Mentor

UCI Graduate Division

September 2020 - December 2020

 

I provide one-on-one consultations and peer reviews to graduate student applicants for the Ford and NSF GRFP fellowships. This position is hosted within the UCI Graduate Division.  

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January 2020 - Present

I mentor and assist incoming Latinx undergraduate students in navigating UCI by meeting with mentees monthly and providing support and resources for their success. 

Graduate InterConnect Program - Mentor

UCI Graduate Division

May 2019 - Present

I mentor and assist incoming international graduate students transition to graduate studies and to the American culture by providing resources and organizing social events. I also wrote a post for incoming students about finding outdoor activities and exercise opportunities in Irvine.  

DECADE - Student Representative

UCI Graduate Division

September 2019 - Present

I serve as a liaison between the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and Graduate Division. I participate in discussions that inform initiative and programming that aim to improve retention of women and underrepresented minorities in graduate programs. We work with our faculty mentor to plan and organize events to bring grad students and faculty together. 

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English as a Second Language (ESL) - Instructor

January 2019 - August 2020

I teach an ESL class for the Irvine community of immigrants. I create and deliver lessons for Level 3 students. I combine games (e.g. Jeopardy seen above) and interactive lectures to help students become proficient in the English language. I've made friends and learned a lot about other cultures along the way. 

January 30, 2021

I served on a panel for the LearnServe Student Action Summit conference, where I talked about my work and how to bring about social change around climate change. 

Competitive Edge -Peer Mentor 

UCI Graduate Division

Summer 2020

I support incoming doctoral students in the Competitive Edge Program (summer program for incoming doctoral students that aims to integrate graduate students into campus). As a peer mentor, I help incoming graduate students acclimate to campus and their programs. I support mentees in professional development, communication, and health and wellness.

I owe a lot of my success to good mentorship and support from diversity initiatives (e.g. SACNAS, McNair Scholars Program). I realise how important these are to breaking down barriers for BIPOC scholars and students. For that reason, I love dedicating my time to these efforts.