Below you will find some projects I am working on and some I have completed. Thanks for checking them out and if you have any questions, would like to start a conversation, or want to get involved; please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Latest Projects

"La Gente Unida: Immigrant Health and Advocacy in California's Central Coast"

Dissertation project with the Department of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara. Current and forthcoming publications address key health needs, mental health, language barriers, and advocacy strategies. Data from this project has also been used to inform local, state, and national policymakers.  

View Project Website Here

Co-Principal Investigator, "Mi Gente, Nuestra Salud: A People’s Movement for Health," Center for Health Research, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Awarded a strategic initiatives proposal in the amount of $150,000 to close health equity gaps by creating a movement to transform community engagement into community health ownership. (Co-Principal Investigators: Drs. Suzanne Phelan & Marilyn Tseng).


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"Mental Health Needs and Assets of Monolingual Spanish Speakers in Northern Santa Barbara County, CA"

Collaboration with the Lived Experience Advocacy Development (LEAD) team with Transitions-Mental Health Association in San Luis Obispo, CA

Read more about the LEAD Program here

"Ethnic Enclaves" in Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, edited by Lynette Spillman. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

This is a first-author collaboration on an encyclopedic bibliography for Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology 

Manuscript is forthcoming

“Protect. Respect. Wear Your Mask Campaign.”

County of Santa Barbara, California. COVID-19 Awareness campaign that was posted on County of Santa Barbara's Facebook (Available Online), Instagram (Available Online), and Twitter pages (Available Online).

Featured on regional and city transit bus advertisements throughout Santa Barbara County

"Decolonial-Inspired Ethnography: Centering Indigeneity in Culturally Responsive Evaluation with Latinx Immigrant Communities."

This is a paper that analyzes how decolonial-inspired methods are useful for culturally responsive evaluation with diverse groups, especially Latinx communities.

Manuscript under review with New Directions for Evaluation

"Movement Pandemic Adaptability: Mobilizing for Latinx Immigrant Health During COVID-19."

This manuscript amplifies the knowledge of immigrant health advocates as they navigated the spread of COVID-19 and the early government and public responses. Latinx Immigrant communities use creative strategies that draw from a legacy of resilience to offer new models for leadership in a post-COVID world.

Manuscript under review with Social Movement Studies.

"LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Curriculum Report"

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Student contributors and I researched the curriculum offerings that are most relevant to LGBTQ+ students. The findings can be accessed at the link below.


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“Three Strikes and You’re Out: Culture, Facilities, and Participation among LGBTQ Youth in Sports.”

I was the featured third author for this article on LGBTQ Youth and Sports. We found that facility access affects sports participation among LGBTQ youth.

Read the Full Article Here

"The Care-Advocacy Paradox: How Social Movement Organizers Strategize in Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS"

This is my Master's thesis project in full. Oral history interviews from ACT UP! organizers revealed a paradox where AIDS movement activists mobilized for life saving treatment and policies at the risk of repression and violence. 

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Discovering Silence through Indigenous Methodologies

University of California Santa Barbara


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Senior Project/Thesis: "Know Your Status: Alleviating Stigma from the HIV Positive Community of San Luis Obispo"


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