Like the microbial denizens that inhabit our lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans, we are made up of a diverse population of individuals each with important contributions. As such, it is essential to recognize that it is impossible to disentangle our science from ourselves. Our diversity and personal identities not only help improve our research but also allow us to grow as people and a community. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and having experienced environments that lacked diversity, inclusion, and empathy, I am keenly aware of the importance of representation, equality, and inclusion. I believe that student and mentee success is best achieved in an environment with a high sense of belongingness and uniqueness. I strive to continue to learn, listen, and participate with all students and community members to develop a welcoming, inclusive and engaged classroom and research program


March 2023 Panelist for Earth Science Day with the Schuler Scholars program
-The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color, or come from low-income families. To date, Schuler has helped more than 1,600 first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students in Chicago and Milwaukee on their path to college and

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