Kendy Rivera is a PhD candidate in Chicana and Chicano Studies at the UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Dept. of Chicana/o Studies. Kendy is an award-winning researcher and has been the proud recipient of competitive grants, such as, the Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies, the University of California Eugene V. Cota-Robles, Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, and the Andrew W. Mellon/ UHI fellowship. As a U.S.-México transnational student, 1st-generation Mexican immigrant, college-transfer, first-generation graduate educated, queer mujer, and, part of the first doctoral cohort in Chicana/o Studies, Kendy's scholarship focuses on unexplored experiences at the borderlands of the nation-state, race, class, ethnicity, language, gender, and sexuality. Kendy’s dissertation project explores Tijuana-San Diego transborder flexible citizenship through ethnographic research, phenomenological narratives, and cognitive maps of borderlands experiences.