Andrea Garfinkel-Castro is a doctoral student in the Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design program at the University of Utah. A family car trip at age nine to Mexico City, where her mother had grown up, was her first exposure to extreme poverty and wealth—initiating a lasting desire to understand the causes of social and spatial inequality and how to create places that are just and equitable. Following this interest, her doctoral work examines how the norms of planning practice inform planning outcomes for minority communities in the United States. Andrea scholarship has been recognized with university-wide awards from the University of Utah (2017 Marriner Eccles; 2016 Diversity Scholar; 2012 Diversity Scholar) and the prestigious nationally- competitive Udall Scholarship (2007). In addition to teaching, mentoring, and advancing diversity in planning education, Andrea is launching a research project to gather data on pedestrian safety in low-income areas.