YALE CIENCIA ACADEMY
Since 2016, I have served as Director of Outreach Training for the Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA), a NIH-funded, year-long, cohort-based career development program for doctoral students from marginalized backgrounds in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The YCA provides its fellows with opportunities for mentoring, networking, and peer support; to develop skills important for career advancement; and to contribute to their communities through science outreach. Through the YCA, I have trained and mentored 194 doctoral students from 80 academic institutions to date.
I am a long-time member of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) and have served the organization by mentoring students and organizing sessions at the national conference, being part of different committees, and, most notably, ensuring that science communication becomes a core component of SACNAS' work and mission.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS
STEM and the Media (2016) Plenary Panel, Long Beach, CA
NATIONAL RESEARCH MENTORING NETWORK (NRMN)
From 2015-2017, I coordinated and produced short (~15 minutes) videos and live online Q&As (~1 hour) on diversity, mentoring, and professional development topics for iBiology’s collaboration with the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), a national consortium developing evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming for trainees from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. Below are three examples. All 13 videos and live Q&As can be found here.
Developing a Research Idea (June 14, 2017): Live Q&A discussing practical strategies and advice on developing a research question that is specific, meaningful, and feasible.
A Conversation on Culturally Aware Mentoring (April 12, 2017) One of two green screen videos on the importance of culturally aware mentoring.
You Got a Faculty Position: Now What? (May 21, 2016) Green screen video featuring practical advice for people starting their first faculty position.
SELECTED TALKS & PANELS
Women in Science NightLife (2020) Panel, California Academy of Sciences (video)
The Importance of Diverse Inputs. (2018) Talk, National Science Foundation Germination Workshop, Alexandria, VA
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