2020-2021 Hot Metal Bridge Fellows


Alfred Rodriguez 

I’m from Southern California, born in Los Angeles and relocated east towards the Inland Empire where I’ve spent most of my adult life. I graduated three years ago with my degree in biology and a minor in anthropology at California State University: San Bernardino. Throughout my scholastic career, I always did work centered around my community. These experiences propelled me to think more about social inequities and sparked an interest in psychology. I am currently working with Dr. Josefina Banales at the University of Pittsburgh. Our work focuses in on critical race consciousness and youth political activism. My interests are with understanding intersections of race/ethnicity and queer identity and how these play a role in social inequities.


Ketura Elie

I am from Florida. I graduated from the University of Florida with BA in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies. I am interested in examining imposter syndrome, sense of social fit, and belonging uncertainty, particularly in traditionally underrepresented minority groups. I am currently working with Dr. Kevin Binning in the Diversity and Equity Lab. I like to listen to music and play sudoku in my free time.  


Rasul Adams 

Rasul hails from St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is a University of Pittsburgh graduate with a B.S. in Psychology. Previous research involved examining participants with aphasia who have had strokes on their ability to perform tasks involving qualitative and quantitative measures. His interests involve second language learning and the influence of external factors on an individual's learning. For HMB, he will be working with Dr. Natasha Tokowicz in the Psycholinguistics Underpinnings of Multilingualism (PLUM) laboratory.