Education: South Seattle College, Associate of Science in Engineering, June 2017
SU Major: Electrical Engineering with Computer Engineering Specialization, 2019
- Women in STEM, President, South Seattle College, 2016 – 2017
- Queer-Straight Alliance, Co-Chair, South Seattle College, 2016 – 2017
- POW! (Proud, Out and Wonderful!), Mentor, Navos, 2016
- Math and Learning Lab, Tutor, South Seattle College, 2016 – 2017
- Internet of Things, Undergraduate Research Student, South Seattle College, 2016
- Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, Audio Engineering Mentor, 2016
- Seattle’s City of Music Career Day, Mentor & Panelist, 2016
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Collegiate Member, 2017
- Women in Science and Engineering Scholarship, 2017
- Messina Scholarship, Seattle University, 2017
- PRIDE Scholarship, Pride Foundation, 2017
- All-Washington Academic Team, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, 2017
- Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, Coca Cola Scholars Foundation, 2017
- Costco Scholarship, South Seattle College Foundation, 2017
- President’s List, South Seattle College, quarterly 2015 – 2017
- Elmer Lindseth Scholarship, South Seattle College Foundation, 2016
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, member, 2016 – 2017
My professional objective is to design and develop innovative electronic systems and devices that are affordable and accessible to low-income communities.
The core of civility is the way we treat one another and make each other feel. We can demonstrate civility by empathizing with others and treating everyone we encounter with kindness and respect. Civility is not about checking good deeds off of a list; it is the simple yet powerful act of treating others with the patience, courtesy, and kindness that we all hope to receive.
Growing up in a two-bedroom house with fifteen people meant that I was always surrounded by noise. Ironically, my escape from the noise and chaos has always been music. When I was a child, we couldn’t afford new electronics and instruments, so I would find used musical equipment to repair and restore. At the time, I didn’t know that this was training in electrical engineering.
My parents immigrated from El Salvador and Mexico shortly before I was born. Together, we learned a new language, culture, and way of life. As a teenager, I did my best to focus on work and make my parents proud. But as I grew older, it became clear that I would not be able to hide who I really was. When my parents discovered that I was gay, they told me to leave their home and forget they existed. While this broke my heart, it made me realize that I had to start thinking about my future. I decided that I would pursue a college degree and finally live up to my potential.
I know firsthand how important role models are for first-generation college students, especially diverse students entering STEM fields. When I started studying at South Seattle College, I took on the role of president of the Women in STEM Club. Cognizant of how important having academic and personal support has been to me, I give back by tutoring developmental math students and mentoring low-income LGBTQ youth within my community.
Earning a degree and pursuing a career in electrical engineering is something that is much greater than my personal professional ambition. I intend to use the knowledge I gain at Seattle University to become a role model, mentor, and an inspiration to young women and members of the Latino and LGBT communities. It is important that we see ourselves reflected in the professional fields that we hope to pursue. Being an Alfie Scholar empowers me to push the STEM culture toward more diversity and inclusivity and show those who struggle with poverty, marginalization, and discrimination that they have a place in STEM fields and that their contributions are valuable.