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Striving for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice 

Building and organizing knowledge is limited without the fair and full participation of diverse peoples 

Hateful, discriminatory, and belittling  conduct will not be condoned in this lab.

This lab welcomes and embraces all individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, disability, sex, gender, sexual ordination, gender expression,  religion, nationality, socioeconomic background, or immigration status.  

Realizing DEIJ in Science will require actively promoting a practice that creates belonging for everyone. Our practices is focuses on:

  1. Increasing awareness and perception of science by displaying the diversity of researchers.

  2. Enhancing learning environment and cultural competency at the lab, department, and university level. 

  3. Connecting underrepresented minorities with research opportunities and community outreach.

  4. Develop a growth mindset that is solution orientated toward realizing true DEIJ. Be flexible to new approaches!

  5. Advocating for the expansion of scholarship of DEIJ and intersectionality 


Disruptive climate change is predicted to disproportionally effect  marginalized people and  exacerbating inequality.

Proactively, we aspire to empower diverse groups and local communities to engage with microbial ecology, agricultural sustainability, and climate change. 

If you are local organization in Arizona (or the southwest) and are interested in collaborating please reach out!

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Diversifying the Culture 

As a first-generation Chicano Scientist, I feel incredibly honored, privileged, and an overwhelming sense of responsible to improve the culture of academia. Being at the University of Arizona, the first R1 land-grant Hispanic Serving Institution in Arizona, I am personally committed to fostering excellence in Latinx and BIPOC students. My ultimate goal is to develop "fertile islands" for these bright diverse scientists to carry out interdisciplinary research.


If you are a member of a marginalized group and are interested in science please reach out to me! 

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