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


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