How/Why Research? I got involved in research because I wanted to explore topics that impacted by community beyond what I felt possible in my role as a student journalist. This process included consulting with fellow journalists and students, community leaders and members of the community, and scholars across multiple disciplines. Crucially, becoming involved in research meant seeking out and learning from people who recognized the value to be found in lived experiences and who could help me develop my ability to capture and communicate this wealth of knowledge.
Research Experience: I developed and assisted with a research project through IAAR-SLATE studying the experiences of poultry workers in Siler City, NC during the COVID-19 pandemic. This experience helped me recognize the importance of collaborative research methods. I contributed to the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Initiative of the Southern Oral History Program on the experiences of a Latina immigrant as a migrant farm worker and business owner. This experience helped me further develop my interviewing methods in Spanish and recognize the value of oral history.
Student Organizations/Clubs: Latina/o Studies Program, Critical Ethnic Studies Collective, Limeaid
Also Happy to Chat about: Finding research opportunities
Random Fun Fact: I am a fan of combat sports of all kinds including Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Freestyle and Folkstyle Wrestling, and Sumo.