It’s 2008 and there I was, standing on a subway platform, in downtown Manhattan waiting for my train, not to board it… but to jump in front of it. Fresh out of family court, feeling tired and very much defeated after going in convinced that my days of physical, mental, financial, and sexual abuse where over. Standing there waiting to end my misery, I thought of a little boy who would grow without his mom, then I thought maybe, just maybe, there’s more to life than this. My son who is the light of my life was very small at the time and was being used in court to punish me because I dared to think that I could be so much more than just somebody’s domestic punching bag. After a few trains came by, I snapped out of it, turned around and walked away, but that was only the beginning.
I have talked about my identity as a Latina extensively (on Twitter, on this blog, etc.). I have talked about how not seeing Latinxs in STEM made me wonder if I could fit in and be a leader in the field. I have talked about how that lack of visibility, that lack of relatability, inspired me to create ConCiencia Azul (with Andrew Lewin being the true mastermind behind the podcast), allowing me to use my microphone to change how Latinxs are represented in the marine world.
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