Serena is a local and a Thompson Rivers University alumni. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy. Serena has always applied an interdisciplinary approach to her research, with a broad interest in social justice. To Serena, social justice means justice for all, including both human and non-human animals, and the environment. Currently, Serena is completing a Master of Science in Environmental Science at TRU. Her thesis project is on plant-based foods and sustainability. Serena was awarded the Ken Lepin Graduate Scholarship and the Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) for 2022-23. In her spare time, Serena volunteers on the TRU Research Ethics Board, walks dogs, and takes care of her fur baby, Bugsy.