Graduate Student Researcher, Ph.D. Candidate
Feminist Research Institute
Vanessa is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Education with a Language, Literacy, and Culture emphasis at the University of California, Davis. She is the principal investigator of the UC MEXSUS grant-funded research study, “Mission Graduation: Understanding how Latina/o Student Leverage Co-Curricular Involvement to Navigate the Educational Pipeline,” that examines Latinx student persistence through Chicana Feminist epistemologies. Her current research examines issues of student retention at the intersection of race, space, and mindset.
Vanessa’s nine years of professional experience in education spans high school, community college, and university levels. She has served in the capacity 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.
For Vanessa's GSR with FRI, she works with the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls as their Legislative Analyst and Researcher.