I am a graduate student studying Latin American History with a dual title in African American Studies. My subfields are race and transnationalism. I received a BA in Spanish Studies from Dominican University in 2017. Before coming to study at Penn State, I worked as a Spanish and ESL teacher for grades K-12. My research centers anti-Blackness rooted in nation building in Latin America and the US resulting in over policing, mass incarceration and manipulation of access to public resources like education, public health, clean water, and healthy food. I also focus on the self-help grassroots initiatives created in Black communities that combat these anti-Black practices.