Claire Mauss is a second-year Plant Biology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Riverside. She is interested in using genetic technologies to engineer crops that will expand access to sustainable, healthy, and affordable food, especially in urban communities of color. Her current research seeks to create compact tomatoes for urban, controlled environment agriculture using gene editing. She is also passionate about decolonizing higher education and eliminating academic gatekeeping. You can hear more about her work on her twitter, @ClaireMauss.