Dr. Paulette Vincent-Ruz
Chemistry Education Research
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
New Mexico State University
My research perspective is informed by my background: I identify as a Queer Latine cis-woman of color. I was born and raised a settler colonialist on the rightful lands of the Mexica Tribes. I acknowledge that they, and other indigenous peoples of the south, are the first and rightful inhabitants of the lands and waters that are now called Mexico.
English is my second language, and I have an accent when I speak English. I acknowledge that as a light-skinned immigrant in what is called the United States, I participate in the historical and ongoing colonization that has devastated many Indigenous communities in what amounts to genocide. I acknowledge that settlers like myself are responsible, individually and as a group, for the violence and oppression Indigenous people have suffered and continue to suffer.
All these components of my identity shape my way of collecting, representing, and understanding data from marginalized students.