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Research Overview

Broadly, my research focuses on transforming Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students’ experiences through anti-racist practices within higher education. My own experiences as a multiracial Latina, and first-generation college student inform the questions I ask, the ways I engage meaningfully with my participants, and the perspectives I bring to data analysis. My research agenda focuses on: (a) educational access for BIPOC students across the educational pipeline; (b) challenging racist institutional and organizational practices; and (c) (re)imagining validating and inclusive educational environments. I engage critical approaches to examine these issues by challenging power structures and promoting social change. As a trained sociologist and educational researcher, I use critical qualitative research methods such as in-depth interviews through testimonios, life histories, and case studies.