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[Image description: A portrait of Angélica posing with ceiba elder in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. She is seated on the roots of the ceiba, legs extended towards the camera, arms behind her and her head tilted back in an expression of joy. Angélica is wearing a large white shirt knotted in the front, black leggings, hiking boots, and her dark hair loose around her shoulders. 


Hi! Im Angélica, an environmental social scientist focused on the policies, practices, and infrastructures that support building long-term climate justice and energy equity. I have over a decade of multi-sectoral experience designing, implementing, and evaluating a diverse range of research from wet-lab experiments and community based participatory research (CBPR) to policy evaluation and data driven business process improvement. 


My professional and personal work is guided by a responsibility to the archipelago of Borínken (so-called Puerto Rico), the ancestral home of my fathers people. As a prima de afuera, or Boricua who grew up across the big waterfall, I am deeply drawn intergenerational and long term work that move us (diaspora + islanders alike) beyond failing energy infrastructure and towards equitable climate solutions that center Black liberation + Indigenous sovereignty, and the health of all Caribbean (is)lands for many generations.

Im currently working and teaching as a doctoral researcher at Michigan State University (MSU) and a member of MSUs Indigenous Graduate Student Group (IGSC) and the MSU Chapter of The Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). When not writing or crunching numbers in R, you can find me visiting the rivers or hiking and, on rare occasion, adding to my blog.

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