de Lira, Carla

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Carla came to Pullman, WA in 2015 to pursue her doctorate degree in Computer Science at the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University (WSU). She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with English and Mathematics minors from California Lutheran University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Applied Educational Research Methods from the College of Education at WSU. Throughout her academic life, she has enjoyed participating in interdisciplinary research which includes topics in computer science education, learning analytics, and digital humanities. Currently, her dissertation is around exploring emotions and coding behavior to build supportive communities in computing learning environments, such as introductory coding courses.

As a researcher, educator, and activist who identifies as Latina, Carla is passionate about and knows firsthand the importance of engaging and uplifting underrepresented communities. Alongside academic and industry members in the WSU and Pullman community, she has organized and instructed computer science outreach programs both locally and regionally. Of the programs she has been involved, Carla has helped coordinate annual programming camps for middle school students in rural communities and designed informal coding classes to engage undergraduate students from underrepresented groups across different disciplines, such as biomedical and humanities fields.

Carla served two terms as a Senator for the Graduate and Professional Students Association as a part of the Legislative Affairs Committee, Transit Advisory Group, and University Parking and Transportation Task Force. As an academic student employee, she has also been actively involved in both the union certification and bargaining process for the WSU Coalition of Academic Student Employees. Although this is her first experience holding a local public office position, she has been involved in legislative efforts related to passing a low-interest rate state-run student loan program, extending statewide union rights for academic student employees, and advocating at the federal level around accountability in academic research mentorship. Carla is excited to bring her unique experiences to help community members in Pullman.

In her free time, Carla enjoys spending time with her guinea pigs, taking long walks around Pullman, and learning about public transportation across different cities and countries.
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