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Wildlife Vocalizations: Maria F. ‘Masi’ Mejia
Wildlife Vocalizations is a collection of short personal perspectives from people in the field of wildlife sciences.
Diversity is intersectional. As a woman/ female as well as Hispanic and Latina, I am an underrepresented individual. While I was an undergraduate, I felt there were lots of spaces where I was the only woman, the only Latina—or both!
As I progressed into graduate school and as an early career professional, mentors that ‘looked like me’ were few and far between. There has always been a delicate line to walk in balancing my diversity within the field, as racism and sexism still exists.
The most powerful advice I was given was to work twice as hard at whatever I am trying to accomplish. I am grateful for that advice, because I believe it has led me to be a well-established early career professional where the line that was once delicate to walk is all encompassing who I am as a professional. My diverse background allows me to bring diverse solutions to whatever task is at hand.
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