Yesenia is a recent recipient of the Consortium on Gender Based Violence’s Innovative Funds Grant. This funds their research project focusing on creating more inclusive spaces and procedures for POC/ LGBTQ students experiencing gender based violence and seeking safety/justice. They are a native Chicagoan but have lived in Tucson for over 8 years. Within that time they have also obtained a Master’s Degree in Mexican American Studies with an emphasis in Latino Health and Wellness, the Certificate for College Teaching from the Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) and are on their way of completing a Doctoral Degree in Geography from the UofA. In their free time they enjoy playing board games with friends, competitive puzzling and enjoying their VHS collection with their dog.