How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
Long term, develop new ways of providing sustainable and reliable energy sources to underdeveloped countries all over the world.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I'm an Afro-indigenous Latina, a native New Yorker, and a kid at heart. I come from a low-income family, where struggle is constantly an uninvited guest at our kitchen table. However, because I know struggle and hard-work so well, I've been able to develop a muscle of resilience that has allowed me to preserve and overcome said struggles time and time again; a skill many have yet to conquer. As a child I always understood the importance of being a globally minded citizen, which is why I think I grew up with the desire to be apart of something bigger than myself and help others become better versions of themselves.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
I should first state that I am Dominican and Puerto Rican, and I live in a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan that is known to be the Dominican capital of New York City. Therefore, when I would visit the DR I was accepted as a “native”. It was during my second visit to the DR, in 2011, that I began to realize how important something as simple as reliable access to electricity, was to the Dominican community. At first, I would hear my Dominican friends in my neighborhood and my cousins in DR joke about how the power in most of the towns would randomly go off at all hours of the day and night for indefinite periods of time. During this visit to the DR, I did not experience a power outage, but the more I observed my Dominican friends, my dad and his side of the family, and my community at large; I finally understood that this issue was not a laughing matter. These power outages have a detrimental effect on the Dominican Republic in a variety of ways including the social-emotional health of its people. For instance, people of this background are constantly acting aloof about the situation, which suggest that they are literally “powerless” and have accepted this unpleasant reality of their lives. This issue was one that I connected with on all levels and is why I feel the need to really make a difference by pursuing a career in Energy Policy and finding ways to provide sustainable, and reliable energy sources for the Dominican Republic and countries alike.
Describe your dream job or career.
My dream job would be to work in the forefront of energy policy on the international level. Finding and implementing new ways to help underdeveloped countries succeed in sustainability on all fronts; water, energy, and infrastructure.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I was the programming chair for my universities' Multicultural Greek Council; I programmed events on and off campus showcasing what the Greek-lettered organizations under our council had to offer to the Rochester community. In addition, I was also the social chair for my sorority; Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
My capstone experience and my journey was very collaborative. I was able to work with students majoring in different fields, who came from different schools, and who had their own unique experiences. However, despite our differences we were able to create a capstone project which was unique and creative in such a short amount of time.
Where and when would you go in a time machine? Why?
The U.S. during the industrial revolution, so that I could prevent the many global warming issues that we face today.
Is there a documentary or book that really changed the way you thought about something, or motivated you in a particular way?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho