Cigarroa Family Medical/STEM Lecture
AAHHE National Conference

Established in 2017, the Cigarroa Distinguished Lecture spotlights a prominent scholar or leader in a medical or science discipline. The lecture is named in honor of the Cigarroa Family of Laredo, Texas and its three generations of medical doctors and active leaders who have served in their communities and in national organizations. This lecture features established leaders and icons in the medical and science professions.  Read more about Francisco Cigarroa.

6th Annual Cigarroa Family Medical/STEM Lecture
March 10, 2022, 10:30 - 11:45 AM PST
AAHHE National Conference

 Jessica Esquivel, PhD
Chair, Associate Scientist, Muon g-2 Experiment
Particle Physics Division - Muon Department, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Co-founder of BlackInPhysics and Change-Now

Jessica Esquivel, PhD has recently been promoted to an Associate Scientist at Fermilab where she works on the Muon g-2 Experiment. She is one of ~100 Black women with a PhD in physics in the country, the 2nd black woman to graduate with a PhD in physics from Syracuse University, and the 3rd Black woman to hold an Associate Scientist position at Fermilab. She identifies as female, Black, mexican, lesbian, a physicist, and texan. Dr. Esquivel is a recognized advocate for creating just and equitable spaces in physics and focuses on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in her community engagement efforts. She is a member of APS-IDEA, co-founder of BlackInPhysics, part of the Change-Now collective, and is a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador. Dr. Esquivel has also appeared on CBS’s Emmy nominated educational program Mission Unstoppable where she discusses the physics behind makeup, and on the Science Channel’s How the Universe Works discussing how neutrinos could be the key to the mysteries of our universe.


List of past speakers of the Cigarroa Family Medical/STEM Lecture:

  • 2021  Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD
  • 2020  Frances Colón
  • 2019  Olivia A. Graeve
  • 2018  Jose Hernandez
  • 2017  Francisco Cigarroa