About Us

Get to Know Our EDI Team

Keiara Auzenne

SIO Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

Keiara Auzenne is the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This is a new position at Scripps and she is tasked with improving campus climate and addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion for students, staff and faculty at Scripps. Keiara formerly worked as the San Diego County Director for the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). She joined CEO in 2011 to manage all aspects of CEO's first wholly owned and operated office in California, providing comprehensive employment services to individuals returning home from incarceration. She is also the Co-founder and Director of a monthly Clean Slate Clinic that provides assistance formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to expunge their criminal records, and the Vice-Chair of the San Diego Reentry Roundtable. She is a San Diego native and a member of the California Bar, ABA, San Diego Lawyer’s Club, and San Diego Chapters of the ACLU and the NAACP. Keiara obtained her JD from UCLA (specialization in Critical Race Studies). She also holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and BAs in Political Science and Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara.

SIO Community Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion (C-EDI) Fellows

Alyssa Finlay

Graduate C-EDI Fellow

Alyssa earned her bachelor’s degree in Geology and Religion (double-major) from Temple University in 2010. She began research in carbon mineralization as an undergraduate and continued this research as a Master’s student, also at Temple University. After completing her Master’s degree in 2012, Alyssa received a position as a Staff Geologist for an environmental consulting firm in Brea, California. It didn’t take long for Alyssa to fully recognize her irrefutable passion for scientific research and education, which prompted her swift return to academia in the Fall of 2014. While pursuing a PhD in Marine Geochemistry, Alyssa has combined her interest in dissolution kinetics, mineral surface processes, and carbonate minerals to study the effects of ocean acidification on biogenic carbonates. As a female and minority scientist, she has experienced the lack of equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM firsthand and is passionate about changing these experiences for future generations of scientists. Her ultimate goal is to be a visible example and mentor for women and minorities who wish to pursue careers in science.

Lynn Waterhouse

Graduate C-EDI Fellow

Lynn Waterhouse is one of the graduate fellows working with the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, Keiara Auzenne, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Lynn is also a 6th year graduate student in Biological Oceanography in Dr. Brice X. Semmens lab. Lynn’s research focuses on stock assessment method development and improving efficiency and accuracy of fish population estimates. Prior to coming to SIO, Lynn completed a M.S. degree in Statistics at Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in fisheries science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences at The College of William and Mary.  Lynn served as the co-organizer of WMIS (Women and Minorities in Science) group at SIO working to promote equity and equality across genders and minority groups in the sciences.  Lynn is also the cultural events coordinator for the Graduate Student Association (GSA) for the University of California, San Diego, planning an organizing trips and tickets to local cultural events.

Jennifer Ho

Undergraduate C-EDI Fellow

My name is Jennifer Ho and I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I am currently studying Communications and Sociology at UCSD. As a student activist, I am passionate about fighting social injustices and exploring the various ways of social interactions. I joined this team to obtain a better understanding of this community and help educate others on the importance of diversity and inclusion in order to inspire an environment where individuals can feel valued and welcomed in a successful work space. 

Shawnpreet Matharu

​Undergraduate C-EDI Fellow

My name is Shawnpreet Matharu, and I am a 4th year undergraduate student majoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Law & Society. I plan on going to law school and becoming a lawyer after I graduate. One reason I was interested in becoming a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion undergraduate fellow was to foster a greater impact and understanding of what inclusion means in the UC San Diego Community. I hope to gain more awareness and promote more inclusion and understanding to the community around me. 

Want to know more about us? Email us at ScrippsDiversity@sio.ucsd.edu.