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I am the first of the first generation in my family to go to college — but not the last! My parents are both from the Cibao region of the Dominican Republic and I was born and raised in New York City. I've been at UMass Amherst since 1998. I have a PhD from UMass Amherst, Masters degrees from UC Berkeley and UMass Amherst, and a Bachelors degree from Princeton University.