I’m a first generation college graduate. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Texas–Pan American. I’m currently a doctoral student in Literacy Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a native of South Texas, I consider myself a fronteriza, living on the border of two countries, languages, and cultures. I mentor and encourage students to explore their identity through writing and embolden them to find their place in an academic world without losing their culture, languages, and community. In addition to being a first-year experience lecturer, I teach English composition and volunteer with the Clark County School District conducting writing projects with refugee students.