As a first-generation and non-traditional college student, I transferred to the University of Arizona College of Public Health after attending community college for many years and earned my B.S. in Public Health in 2015. After graduating, I served in an Operations and Program Management role for a small public health non-profit in Tucson. In this role, I developed skills in conducting formative research, leading community focus groups and key informant interviews, and planning, implementing and evaluating nationwide prevention and wellness programs. I also had the pleasure of leading a small team of young professionals and interns, which ultimately sparked my passion for working with students and young adults. I joined the UA College of Public Health Office of Student Services & Alumni Affairs in 2017 as an Academic Advisor and Engagement Coordinator. As a non-traditional undergraduate student, I never envisioned myself working in Higher Education, however, I've truly enjoyed serving and supporting students as they navigate the complex University experience and discover where they might fit into the broad world of potential careers in public health and healthcare. I am passionate about using history and data to facilitate strategic policy and decision making and about the intersections of public health and human rights. After graduating with the M.A in Human Rights Practice in Spring 2020, I hope to continue to catalyze these passions, and my background and experiences to support students and innovate in the higher education setting. In addition to working full-time and pursuing this M.A. degree, I am mama to a one-year-old son, Hayden, and wife to my husband, Aaron. Their constant support, flexibility, and humor keep me going as I balance the demands of these competing identities!