Lupita Valencia graduated with honors from La Quinta High School (LQHS) in 2017 and was among the top ten of her class. Additionally, she is a second year scholarship recipient from OFCV. She is currently attending University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) as a first year and is majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chicano/a Studies. She is also a part of the Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences ( PEERS), a program that supports minority students pursuing STEM careers. She demonstrates a great quality of diligence as translated in her academic pursuits and hopes that her experiences may serve to inspire other Hispanic youth in the Coachella Valley pursuing STEM careers. Additionally, she embraces her intersectional identity as a Chicana women in science as well as its resulting adversities.
After her undergraduate studies, Lupita aspires to enter a graduate program where she can conduct research in the Neuroscience field and in the future return to the Coachella Valley to share her gained knowledge. She attributes much of her achievements to the encouragement of her large family that includes five siblings as well as the financial support of her community, which has allowed her to continue her education. Her strong sense of community is reciprocated through her involvement in the Coachella Valley. In the summer of 2017, she interned for the Regional Access Project, an organization that helps provide grants to nonprofits. In the summer of 2018, she will be interning on behalf of Health Care Connections. She hopes to continue being active in her community through her involvement with the OFCV Leadership Team.
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