I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I will graduate with his Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin in Spring 2019 and will begin the Urban Education Policy Doctoral Program at the University of Southern California (USC) in Fall 2019. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), where I double majored in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies and completed a minor in Education. My personal experiences with various layers of structural inequality shaped my desire to focus my research on the persistence of first-generation college students of color in higher education, race & inequality in campus climate, poverty and urban schooling, academic tracking and school-to-prison pipeline, and increasing Latino retention and graduation rates through mentorship.
I am a 2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient. I am a Mentoring Site Coordinator for the Project MALES Student Mentoring Program. I am also a Program Coordinator for the College Assistance Migrant Program at St. Edward’s University.