Andrea Domínguez (she/they) is an incoming graduate student in the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of California Los Angeles. She earned her B.A in Chicana/o Studies from the University of California Davis, where she graduated with highest honors distinction for her senior thesis work: “Let me tell you about border love stories
”. At UC Davis she also served as an academic community counselor in the Chicana/o Studies Department.
I’m originally from Tijuana, México (Kumeyaay lands). My academic endeavors took me to Patwin lands where I graduated with a degree in Chicana/o Studies from UC Davis. I am most happy when I’m learning something new. My definition of fun is treasure hunting at a used bookstore. I also enjoy the outdoors, photography, and reading poetry. Currently, I am an incoming graduate student in the MLIS program at UCLA (Tongva lands). My aspirations to become a librarian stem from the wish to continue doing work rooted in community. To always remember that our love stories are ours—to celebrate, to share, to hang on to. I am very excited and looking forward to serving my community with REFORMA in the upcoming academic year.
Jessica Nombrano Larsen (she/her/hers) is a proud, first-generation, autistic Latina. She is also a mother, wife, neurodiversity advocate, and MLIS student at San Jose State University with a passion for helping students from underserved communities obtain educational equity. Her research is focused on the development of more effective academic and socio-emotional supports and resources for autistic students of color, and she would love to continue this work as an academic librarian/research professor once she obtains her degree. She is honored to be chosen as a REFORMA scholar, has received an ALA Spectrum scholarship, and has been awarded a Center for Expressive Technologies Seed Grant to start the Empowering Autistic Scholars Research Mentoring Program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.