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Aracely Garcia-Gonzalez, M.A. 

My name is Aracely. I am a first-generation Chicana from the Central Valley of California. I was born and raised in the 209 (Atwater) and moved to Monterey in 2010. I finished a degree in Humanities and Communications in 2015 and moved to Santa Barbara to pursue a PhD. Growing up, I learned very quickly that sexuality and desire were braided into my racial identity, often times without my consent. This embodied knowledge led me to ask questions about race, gender, sexuality, and pleasure. Outside of my academic journey, I've spent a lot of time in the service industry. I've worked for various luxury hotels and other not so luxurious fast food restaurants like Chipotle and Carl's Jr. I've recently retired from this industry and am currently working as a researcher for a Non-Profit working to close achievement gaps in K-12. I have a husky and a pitbull and we enjoy long runs together. I run the Santa Barbara Half-Marathon every June. I don't have any experience with software or design.