Education and Prevention Outreach GE
Alma Mater: San Jose State University (2010)
Professional Interests: I like to bring the “social” into social justice. My interests are in working with historically marginalized student populations (racial minorities, immigrant, first generation, previously incarcerated youth, LGBTQ+ and other minority groups). As an Afro-Latino immigrant raised in the Bay Area, I focus on Latinx, and Black mental health as well as immigration psychology. I’m also interested on cultural competence training and radical healing practices. I am earning my PhD in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Spanish Language Psychological Services and Research. My research emphasis is on cultural competence development, immigrant psychology, DREAMer experiences, ethnic identity formation, critical consciousness, and post-secondary education attainment. I currently works with Latinx and undocumented youth in an after-school program. I am also working in an interdisciplinary transborder project, Intersectional Justice in Guatemala, working with immigrant women escaping gender violence and seeking asylum in the United States and provide mental health services in the community to Spanish speaking children and families.
Personal Interests: I am a self-identified DREAMer, feminist, dancer, poet, hip-hop educator, and scholar-activist. My personal interest include promoting Hip-Hop education, using documentary film making for academic purposes, and advocating for social justice. I’m also an avid Cycologist, you can find me on one of my many bikes riding around town or in my garage building a new project.
UO Love: Love the great outdoors, incredible music venues, welcoming biking streets, and the incomparable Duck pride in Eugene: “It never rains in Autzen!”