Uma Nicole

Uma Nicole


Urban Community Garden Collective

Life experience is what will lead you.


By Roadtrip Nation

Uma Nicole


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I grew up in inner-city Los Angeles, California.
I come from a culture with deep-rooted values in typical gender norms, but I was more interested in what my mind could do if it was given the opportunity—I was determined to pursue my education.
In college, I majored in mathematics and minored in gender studies—I did a lot of research on intercultural competency in the hard sciences during my undergraduate studies.
Inspired by the values of my Indigenous family, I founded Urban Community Garden Collective, which transforms vacant lots in Los Angeles into gardens for a variety of educational and vocational uses.
My interests also led me to question concepts of morality in medicine, so I decided to pursue a master’s degree in bioethics at Loyola Marymount University.
Fueled by my interest in applied ethics, I currently do work with diversity, equity, and inclusion, incarcerated populations, human rights, and more.
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I help to revitalize justice-impacted communities through environmental education and vocation.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Getting into DEI work starts with taking an inward look at yourself. Are you comfortable with everyone? Start by taking a deep look at yourself and what you need to work on in yourself. From there, you can start getting involved in initiatives with others.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Your work is not going to make a difference. People can't change."

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress