Lucia Calderon is pursuing her Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences and her Master of City Planning in Environmental Planning and Healthy Cities at UC Berkeley. She is focused on community-based participatory research (CBPR) for environmental justice and health equity. During her time at UC Berkeley, she has coordinated a youth participatory action research (YPAR) study in Salinas, California that aims to characterize and reduce exposure to cleaning product chemicals among Latina women. She is also working on a community health needs assessment in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods of San Francisco, California. Prior to graduate school, Lucia was a community organizer with Californians for Pesticide Reform, where she worked to involve members of the Pájaro and Salinas Valley communities in the creation of public health-oriented agricultural policy. Her work with the coalition contributed to the creation of buffer zones around public schools and childcare facilities where many agricultural pesticides cannot be applied during the school day, as well as the phase-out of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in California. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Biology at UC Santa Cruz and is proud to have been born and raised in San Jose, California.
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University of California Berkeley