Luziris Pineda Turi earned her Ph.D. in U.S. Latino Literature from the University of Houston with certificates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Cornell School of Criticism & Theory. She has taught Spanish and Gender Studies at the University of Houston, UH-Downtown, and Lonestar College while working as an archivist at the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. Currently, her research interests include Pedagogy for Medical Spanish, Second Language Acquisition, and Leadership & Higher Ed. Administration. At Rice, she has been awarded the CLIC Summer Technology Grant, the Brown Teaching Grant, and the Excellence in Academic Advising Award. She is currently working on her Master’s in Higher Ed. Administration and is a part of the Subgroup of Undergraduate Medical Spanish for the Medical Spanish Taskforce. Luziris is a trained GLTBQ+ Ally and Student Success Initiatives’ Rice Firsts Network Supporter. Lastly, her work currently entails advising students, promoting inclusivity, and advocating for underrepresented students and faculty in academia.