Val Arboniés Flores (they/them) is a first-year Ph.D. student in Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Their forms of analysis are interdisciplinary in nature and their research interests include: science and technology studies in Latin America, accessibility and technology issues for marginalized communities, debates in open access, the rise of information countercultures, and the history of document reproduction technologies. Val was a Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative Fellow at both New York University (2018) and Columbia University (2020). They were also one of the recipients of the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for the Study of Portuguese in 2020. They graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History of the Americas from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.