I was born and raised in north Texas. I come from a family of first generation immigrants working in healthcare. Growing up, I navigated how to act in settings with various cultural contexts - my home, my school, my neighborhood. I would regularly ask myself (and my parents), "Why do we do this, and they do that?" My sense of otherness fueled my curiosity. My favorite way of learning was (and still is) being immersed into a "new" environment where people, objects, and mannerisms followed an unwritten code.
Twenty-one years of being a student, three bachelor degrees, and two master degrees later, I still find myself wanting to learn and do more. Reading books and articles are cool but actually applying it in the real world - that's personally rewarding. To me, that looks like talking to people in their everyday world, valuing their perspective, and collaborating to design ways to empower their community.
I see myself working with an interdisciplinary team,whose mission is to critically understand large and small problems so that we can creatively design a solution. More importantly, I hope to be surrounded by colleagues who will continually inspire me with fresh perspectives and share the same drive to face challenges with enthusiasm.