Damara Garcia-Garcia

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Hometown: Charlotte, NC (born in Oaxaca, Mexico)

Degree: Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor concentration in biology

Honors and Involvement: James B. Duke Scholarship recipient (full-ride); member, Psychology Club; Smith Institute Student Research Ambassador; Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology; member, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. (Beta Omega Charlotte City Wide Chapter) 

What’s Next: Teach For America 2018 Greater Nashville Corp Member. Teaching middle school STEM. 

Personally Speaking:“I am the product of amazing teachers. During my two-year commitment with Teach For America, I hope to build the leadership skills to grow into an efficient and caring educator. This will be a challenging and rewarding experience and moving to Nashville will help me get out of my comfort zone! I will pursue a master’s in education during this time with TFA, and my long-term goal is to become a professor in psychology, conducting research on the emotional well-being of students of color. The fields of education and psychology are not valued in society the way they should be: I hope my work can change that. 

In 2015, my family had to experience what many immigrants in America face: incarceration and deportation of a family member. When someone you love is jailed and deported, the effects are traumatizing, as well as emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. Today, my family remains resilient and strong, even in the face of life's obstacles. 

Two of my proudest moments at Johnson C. Smith University include traveling to New Orleans and Atlanta as a participant and presenter at academic conferences, and representing JCSU at the 2016 Resiliency Research Program at Davidson College.”