My parents immigrated to the United States from Yatzachi el Bajo, Mexico before I was born. I was 3 months old when my parents moved from Oxnard, California to Wichita, KS. Cities and the inequalities within them were always present in my life. As a low-income Latina student in Wichita, KS, I always noticed the disparities that existed for me and my siblings. This frustration and desire for change is what has driven me to dedicate my life to eliminating these inequities. Eventually, I found my way to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where I completed a Bachelors of Science in Urban Studies and Planning and a Masters in City Planning. My training at MIT has taught me how cities can support and hinder its residents, now I want to focus on how education specifically can be viewed as part of urban planning. At the University of Cambridge, I will complete a Masters in Educational Research, where I will focus on the interaction between the neighborhoods students live in and the schools they attend. With this research, I hope to address how we can view education more holistically and improve education equity through policy.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2019 Masters in Urban Studies and Planning