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Representation Matters for First Gen Latinas in STEM with Amayrani Villegas
Episode 8619th April 2023 • LIFE LNXX • Consuelo Crosby
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It takes a village... We hear those word often but don't always see the outcome. With the support of just 1 or 2 people, your life can change in ways you never would imagine.

Find out how today's guest, Amayrani MaryLeen Villegas Parra, a cell and molecular biology grad student, did just that. Amayrani speaks of the support of her family, the cultura and her professors to rise above the feeling of imposter syndrome and believe in herself again. She highlights never giving up on yourself and learning to ask for help, a tough lesson to learn in the culture of Mande!

But from who? There are more resources out there than you realize!

Representation is everything so Amayrani, during her studies!, founded the Latinas in STEM (LSTEM) organization to assist high school and college students navigate the complex university system for funding, scholarships and programs. She would love to have Latinas working in STEM volunteer with LSTEM to work with students!

There's also opportunity to donate to help Latinas offset tuition, books and living expenses so more time is given to studies to succeed.

Discover the immense resources available for Latinas in STEM studies. Follow your curiosity and dreams by accessing the funding and scholarships available for you.

Amayrani will fill you with hope and joy, empower you to go after your dreams and remind you there is help out there to get over the tough parts of life.

Find out how you can help further Latinas in STEM by reading this article for all the links of what you heard here today!

Consuelo is a first gen Peruvian, structural engineer and mother who encourages women, especially women of color, to disregard conformity so their true personalities and talents will make this world a sassy musical rather than a monologue. Viva!

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