Monday, 03 June 2019 16:39

Introducing myself

Hi Everyone!

My name is Citlali Villarreal, and I am an intern for the 2019 cohort of the Latino Heritage Internship Program. I am from Galveston, Texas, studying as an undergrad at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

I will be working for the National Park Service in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for 11 weeks. As a Sequoia tree monitoring and demography intern, my work consists of conducting an independent research project on Sequoia tree demography under Dr. Christy Brigham. For the public service component of my position, I'll be working on a public education program for the visitors at the park and telling them about my research.

Even though it’s May, there is still snow up here, which will probably be melting in the following week or so. Once that happens, I'll be exploring more of the park and familiarizing myself with the area.

This photo stares down a small gully next to my living area. It's been really wonderful listening to this rushing stream everyday and having this view right outside my window.

I am so excited for this opportunity! Tune in to my blogs here at the LHIP website, which will be updated with new blogs every week!

Thank you!


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Hola a todos,

My name is Sarah Maclovia Rizvi, I am a half-Mexican, half-Pakistani looking to dive headfirst into public service to help the multicultural communities in this country. Some fun facts about me are that I write poetry & standup comedy jokes for fun and recently graduated from Seton Hall University as a triple major in International Relations, Philosophy, and Modern Languages (Spanish & French concentration). This summer I hope to put some of my degrees to use working as a Park Interpreter and Marketing Advisor at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. See a few pics below to get to know me a little better:

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:47

Sarah Rizvi

Sarah Rizvi recently graduated from Seton Hall University in New Jersey having triple majored in International Relations, Modern Languages (Spanish & French concentration), and Philosophy. She hopes to use these degrees in bettering conditions for the Latino community, with her grandparents who moved here from Mexico as her biggest fans and inspiration. Languages have always been a passion of hers and she is glad to have worked to help bilingual families that visit Sequoia National Park, much like her own. Sarah was born and raised in California and looks forward to trying out different hiking trails, writing poetry, and meditating on her days off.  


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Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:16

Genomé Rodriguez

Genomé [they/them or he/him pronouns] was raised in a small, farm working town of Greenfield, CA, Genomé was the first in their family to go to college and receive a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation with a minor in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration from CSU, Sacramento. As the founding president of queer in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics [q-STEM] and PRIDE Center staff at Sacramento State, Genomé led efforts to provide training for faculty in STEM around LGBTQIAP2S+ competency. Genomé seeks to increase the visibility of Queer and Transgender People of Color in science, promote Latinx engagement with the outdoors, and create spaces for community learning and healing. Their goals are to decolonize the ways in which we think about nature and western science.

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