Mayra is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the School Organization and Education policy emphasis at the UC Davis School of Education. She immigrated from Sinaloa, México at the age of six and was raised in California’s South San Joaquin Valley where she worked alongside her mother in the agricultural fields. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. As a former college access advisor and high school biology teacher, her work with farm-working, rural communities has directly influenced her research interests. As an undocumented, first-generation Latina, her goal is to research and address the educational inequities that impact college access, retention and completion for Latinx/a/o students in rural areas.