David Riera

Class of 2019

I am ​currently a ​doctoral student at Florida International University. ​

​As a 2nd year doctoral student in the College of Education, I leverages my passion for research, conservation, and education​ to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM. I holds five collegiate degrees and ten professional certifications (from veterinary technician to open water deep-sea diver) in various STEM and industrial disciplines, which he utilized in partnership with scientific societal leadership to increase the presences​ and participation of underserved students/emergent professionals through activities and initiatives. I am also a United States Marine Combat Veteran and First Generation Afro-Hispanic college graduate. I am driven to raise public awareness through environmental and agricultural education, is relentless through his work tackling various social and environmental justice issues (like environmental racism, urban degreening, food desertification) and is committed to the management, distribution, and preservation of cultural knowledge and inquiry-based research.

My primary goals as your 2019 LHIP Intern is to serve alongside a national network of emergent experts, create lasting bridges between ourselves and our professional partners and hosts, as well as build talent and skills to develop support strategies for minorities, students, veterans and their families through agriculture, natural resources, and related science careers.