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I was inspired to reach out to the community initially by Nancy Mills at Trinity University and then by Petra van Koppen at UCSB. Both of these experiences further confirmed my passion for teaching and mentorship. I plan to start an Outreach program at Mission College, guiding undergraduate students to reach out to the community. These types of experiences not only benefit the community but will have ever-lasting memories for the students of Mission College!

Currently, I am advising a science group at Mission College, AGS Honors Society. This wonderful group of students excel not only in their courses at school but also give back to the community by volunteering their time and energy organizing and helping out at event on and off-campus!

In addition, I am the Chair of the Santa Clara Valley American Chemical Society which is a local section under the National ACS Organization. The mission of ACS is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Santa Clara Valley section’s geography covers all the way from Monterey up to South San Francisco. Our section includes five counties: San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Monterey. Our section has about 2800 members and is one of 189 sections across the nation. In total, ACS has about 160,000 members! Talk about an extensive network! I have been a part of this great organization since I was an undergraduate, and I'm excited to take on leadership roles in my professional career. One of my favorite events I help organize with the SCVACS is the "Teach the Teachers" workshop where we show K-12 teachers different types of experiments pertaining to the theme of Santa Clara Valley American Chemical Society which is a local section under the National Chemistry Week. Last year's theme was the "The Chemistry of Candy" (see photo below). This year's theme is "Chemistry Colors Our World!"

Keep visiting this page! More exciting adventures to come in the future! If you are interested in being a part of Outreach at Mission College or ACS, please email me!