I was born and raised in Fresno, California, where agriculture inspired a love for outdoor spaces. Growing up, I was intrigued by nature’s restorative qualities and humankind’s capacity for growth. Eventually, these interests  merged into a deep-rooted passion for outdoor recreation, an endeavor I believe to be an avenue for empowerment. Today, I live in Arcata, Ca., where I work closely with my community to develop a more diverse outdoor recreation culture. I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts in Recreation Administration from Humboldt State University. I am a member of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and I serve as the Executive Projects Coordinator for Latino Outdoors. My strong interests include Diversity and Inclusion, Self-Determination, and Community Development. In the future, I plan to continue my education using these interests to guide my research.

Scientists know only what love does. Love, properly applied, could virtually empty our asylums, our prisons, our hospitals. Love is the touchstone of psychiatric treatment, Love can be fostered, extended, used to subjugate hate and thus cure diseases. More and more clearly every day, out of biology, anthropology, sociology, history, economics, psychology, and plain common sense, the necessary mandate of survival―that we love our neighbors as ourselves―is being confirmed and reaffirmed. To love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.” -Liz Andrade