TJE Graduate Student Researcher
School of Education, UC Davis
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 Chicanx/Latinx Students Leverage Co-Curricular Involvement to Navigate the Educational Pipeline,” that examines Chicanx/Latinx student persistence through Chicana Feminist epistemologies. Her current research illuminates the role of race, space, and power as manifested and represented by Chicanx/Latinx cultural centers by re/positioning them as sites for/of justice that cultivate paradigm shifting, empowerment, and educational equity.
Vanessa’s ten 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.