In This Episode

We had the pleasure of interviewing Elizabeth Mendes a first generation Latina who is currently a Pharmacology and Cancer Biology PhD Student Duke University, and is bringing awareness to mental health through her social media platforms.

Our Special Guest – Elizabeth Mendes AKA Elizabeth The Scientist

Elizabeth Mendes, AKA Elizabeth the Scientist, is a first-generation Latina that is a second-year pharmacology and cancer biology Ph.D. student at Duke University’s School of Medicine’s Cellular and Molecular Biology program.

Like many other first-generation Latinas, her parents worked hard and sacrificed so that she could have a better life in this country. Her father immigrated to the United States without middle school education and her mother was raised by a single parent with ten children—she was one of the only people in her family to receive a high school diploma.

From a young age, Elizabeth used her identity and background to help feed her desire to reach the highest level of education, regardless of how difficult the path—especially in a field where only 2-3% of Latinas hold jobs in STEM.

Elizabeth is also a Mental Health Advocate. Diagnosed with ADHD, depression, and anxiety, she uses her platform to open doors around crucial topics surrounding mental health to help support our community.

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Rafael Fernandez Jr
Rafael Fernandez, Jr., (AKA The Latin Babbler), is the Puerto Rican/Dominican Founder of Wafi Media and Host of The Latin Babbler Show. He has over 20 years experience in web developement and digital internet media. His love for culture, compassion for his community, humor, and unapologitic approach to talk about complicated topics in the Latino Community have inspired individuals from all parts of the United States and parts of Latin America to join him in celebrating Latin excellence.