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CHCI-Facebook Intern

Hometown: Houston, Texas
School: Texas State University
Major: Geography
Placement: The Office of Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Elizabeth was born and raised in downtown Houston, TX by her parents, Cecilia and Santos. Her mother was brought to the United States from Mexico as a baby by her grandparents. Elizabeth is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science at Texas State University in Geography with a concentration on Environmental Interpretation and Conservation with a minor in Biology. As one of the only members of her family to attend university, she understands the privilege of receiving higher education and giving back to her underrepresented community.

On her campus, Elizabeth works as a Student Assistant for Project Maestros. An organization dedicated to helping the transition of pre-service teachers transferring from community colleges to Texas State University. In 2020, Elizabeth was a Trade Counter volunteer for the Austin Nature and Science Center. There she interacted with people from all over the state of Texas to identify and discuss specimens found in nature. She is also the recipient of the Somos Tejas scholarship as of March 2021. In the future, Elizabeth hopes to work for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in their curation and collection departments. Additionally, she is interested in the implementation of natural history and conservation education programs for children in underrepresented communities.

As a CHCI Intern, Elizabeth hopes to gain insight into how the legislative process takes place. With this, she hopes to use this knowledge to make a difference in the Latinx community and encourage others to follow.