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Research Overview

Broadly, my research focuses on how Students of Color are socialized in the academy. My own experiences as a multiracial first-generation college student inform the questions I ask, the ways in which I engage meaningfully with my participants, and the perspective I bring to data analysis. Through my work, I seek to ameliorate barriers to educational access for historically marginalized students. Within this broader context my research agenda focuses on: (a) Significant relationships (e.g., staff, administrators, faculty, family, peers) that assist (or impede) first-generation and Students of Color ability to navigate higher education landscapes; (b) Academic and career socialization for Students of Color (focusing on critical, inclusive bi-directional socialization practices; and (c) Equity issues related to undergraduate and graduate education for Students of Color. I adopt critical approaches to examine these issues by challenging power structures and promoting social change.