GSR for Graduate Student and Student Parent Programs
Vanessa is a first-generation college graduate, mami-scholar, ad proud daughter of immigrant parents, who is celebrating her last year of doctoral study in the Ph.D in Education program with a Language, Literacy, and Culture emphasis at the University of California, Davis. Her experience as a student affairs educator and educational researcher are complementary sources that ground her commitment to re-imagine student success in higher education by honoring liberatory student outcomes. As a mother of two little humans she is devoted to creating educational systems that not only empower student parents and caregivers, but also transforms educational spaces as family sites.
Currently, she is the principal investigator of the UC MEXSUS grant-funded research study, Mission Graduation, that illuminates the role of race, space, and power as manifested by Chicanx/Latinx cultural centers and Latinx student affairs professionals through Chicana Feminist epistemologies and Critical Race Theories.
Vanessa’s eleven years of professional experience in education spans high school, community college, and university levels. She has served in roles of advising, teaching, and administration all which informs her teaching, research, and service. She holds a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and B.A. in Political Science.