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My name is Anahi Carrera and I received a BS in Geosciences at the University of Arizona where I became interested in tectonic processes and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. I'm currently a PhD Candidate at Brown University in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Space Sciences. In tandem with my scientific research investigating the timing, rate, and mechanisms driving mountain building, I also conduct research focused on DEI issues within the geosciences. The geosciences is the least diverse field in STEM by many measures; racially, socio-economically, and has the lowest percentage of first-generation college students. Although I've been trained as a "geoscientist," my background as a low-income, first-generation Latina gives me the perspective to investigate geoscience specific barriers that people from marginalized groups face. In my paper titled "Extreme Underrepresentation of First-Generation College Students in the Geosciences: An Intersectional Issue" we use over 40 years of data collected by national government agencies to characterize first-generation college students by race, gender, age, socio-economic status, and field of study.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, University of Southern California


  • 2019 
    University of Arizona, BS Geosciences