I am the Founder & Executive Director of Computing Minds (CM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to bringing more diversity to STEAM.
I founded CM in 2018:
Find out more about Computing Minds at https://computingminds.org
Project Latina STEAM is one of Computing Minds' programs.
During the summer of 2021, I partnered with with the elementary school "Lázaro Cárdenas" in Tijuana, Mexico to teach girls ages 9-12 STEAM classes.
Project Latina STEAM is a 6-week program, and most classes are taught online via Zoom. I have driven across the boarder to teach in person too.
This program is extremely important to me, as I am Mexican-American and I care about working to bring more educational opportunities to other Latinas.
Find out more about Project Latina STEAM at https://computingminds.org/project-latina-steam
The Computing Minds Women in STEAM conference is one of Computing Minds' programs.
During 2020, I started thinking about having a Women in STEAM conference. The conference was held on August 7th, 2021.
Besides me, there were 10 other speakers.
Find out more about the CM WIS Annual Conference at https://computingminds.org/annual-conference
I am the Founder & President of my high school's Amnesty International Chapter.
Amnesty International is a human rights organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize and has made a lot of change all over the world.
Here is a link to the "take action" section on their website: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/. Something that I encourage others to do in their free time is to read about and sign a few petitions that are important to them. I also like to highlight a few petitions that relate to COVD-19 because many people in the world still continue to face the effects of COVID-19.
I am the Founder & President of my high school's Philosophy Club.
I founded Philosophy Club my sophomore year, and we have had around 50 members since then.
During a typical club meeting, we talk about the philosopher of the week (their life, their philosophical approach, and their important works) and then we discuss philosophical questions that are related to that philosopher.
Philosophy is a very interesting topic to me because of the critical thinking skills that it gives.
During the summer of 2021, I took a Sociology course.
By the end of the first week, I had found a passion for Sociology. Sociology is an interesting and important subject because it studies the reasons for people's social behavior.
One of the most effective ways to instigate change is to understand the reasons why things are the way they are in the first place. With the Sociology course I took, I explored the systemic barriers to Latina STEAM education, which helped me to improve Computing Minds' programs to be as effective as possible in bringing educational opportunities to Latinas.
Ever since I was little, I have loved to dance. Whether it has been tap dancing, Ballet, watching ice skaters, making up dances with friends, being lip sync competitions at school, or dancing Ballet Folklórico, I have found joy in dancing both by myself and with friends.
I have recently found a passion for Ballet Folklórico, a traditional Mexican dance, because it combines my love of dancing with my fondness of embracing my Mexican heritage.
I have enjoyed running since my first Mud Run in San Diego when I was 8. Then in middle school, I joined my school's track and cross country team. Now during high school, I have enjoyed competing in varsity track and cross country. Usually at track meets, I run the 1600 and 3200.
But besides the fun of meets, I enjoy going for runs with friends.
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