Who am I?
I am a First-Generation Latina, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. I have always had a strong interest in higher education; but I am passionate about equal access to education for everyone. I received my B. S. in Psychology degree at Texas Christian University (TCU) and my M.Ed. in Higher Education – Student Affairs at the University of North Texas. I am a member of several professional higher education organizations, [e.g., the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education]. I am excited about this new adventure and exploring my new home in Virginia.
Why William & Mary?
As a former college student and current educator, I have often heard about William and Mary. My choice to work at William and Mary was an easy one for me. The prestige and history of this College is well known throughout the higher education world. To have the opportunity to advocate for and support historically underserved populations at your prestigious university is a dream come true for me. The reason I choose to come and work at William and Mary was the welcoming and supportive environment I experienced while interviewing. I am exceptionally happy to join the William and Mary family.
Why Diversity Work?
My experience as a first-generation Latina at TCU, a Predominately White Institution (PWI) opened my eyes to diversity, equity, and inclusion work and the importance of those in our educational system in the United States. My eyes were opened to the inequities in our education system, but I also learned that there are wonderful people who passionately work to dismantle these inequities each and every day. I can say, without hesitation, that the faculty and staff at my undergraduate institution were my village and support system through my journey in academia. These individuals’ passion and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for college students are the reason I chose to work in the diversity field. If I can support students the way I was supported through my academic journey, then I know I have paid it forward and the legacy of those before me is continued through me and my work.
I love experiencing adventures that take me outside of my comfort zone. I am passionate about traveling. My favorite places that I have visited are Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. I am also a big foodie and I enjoy cooking and trying new foods whenever I have an opportunity.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be. – William Shakespeare