New details from Star Trek: Discovery
Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery, tells SFX magazine that her character has a very particular specialization:
Considering the exploratory nature of the missions for most Starfleet vessels, having a First Officer who specializes in first contact scenarios seems like a valuable asset.
However, just because Burnham specializes in first contact scenarios doesn’t mean she necessarily loves every alien race she’s come across. Burnham’s parents were killed by Klingons and she may still be carrying some deep-seeded animosity towards them even in the period when Star Trek: Discovery takes place.
Burnham's parents were killed during an attack on the Vulcan Learning Center, which is why Spock's father, Sarek, decided to take her in and raise her as his own child. She became the first human to enter the Vulcan Learning Center as a student.
Since leaving the Vulcan Learning Center, Burnham has spent seven years serving aboard the USS Shenzhou. When the Shenzhou encounter the Klingons, Burnham seems eager
Set 10 years prior to the five-year mission of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Discovery follows the adventures of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new
via Trek Movie