I am a graduate student and creative living in the D.C. metropolitan area. My bachelor's degree is in Psychology and I am currently pursuing a master's degree in Human-Centered Computing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My desire to study and work in this field was motivated by an interest in how marginalized communities, especially people with disabilities, interact with technology. My intention is to help change systems that impede others by designing solutions with a community-based approach. I believe that involving different members of communities in the research and design process will allow for more sustainable user-centered solutions that can make a lasting impact.
I am currently supporting the Designing Participatory Futures (DARE) research lab at UMBC and their efforts towards investigating equity-based approaches to maker-based learning for diverse communities. I am also a member of AFROOS an NGO that works to raise awareness about social justice issues, humanitarian issues, and erasure faced by the Afrosalvadoran community in El Salvador and its diaspora. I transitioned to design recently and volunteer my skills in UX design and graphic design to support women of color who own small businesses.
In my free time, I do photography, both digital and film, and focus primarily on weddings and editorial photoshoots. Overall I enjoy making art using various mediums and I am always eager to try new ones. I practice yoga daily and enjoy playing tennis as well as going on hikes.
You can view some of my creative work below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries about working together.