About Laura Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Laura Gonzalez received her master’sin College Counseling and Student Personnel, and her PhD in CounselorEducation. Before becoming a faculty member in the Higher Educationprogram at UNCG, she worked as an Academic Advisor for undecided first yearstudents at NC State University. Thus, her work has always been at theintersection of counseling and college student development, with a particularinterest in Latinx students from immigrant families. Her current researchincludes learning about the post-secondary aspirations and realities ofstudents with DACA, and a Spanish language intervention for immigrant parentsto help them become better equipped with college-going knowledge andstrategies.
About Robert Martinez, Ph.D.
I am a Latinx researcher who was raised and attended public schools in Los Angeles, had immigrant parents who didn’t graduate high school, and was an underserved/underresourced foster youth. I was also a first-generation college graduate who lacked sufficient career and college readiness self-efficacy and access information for postsecondary education throughout my K-14 experience. It is no wonder I take a historical, cultural, and social perspective when considering how school counselors prepare and ready vulnerable populations to access, afford, and transition into postsecondary opportunities. A commitment to community engagement, social justice, and understanding the perspectives and assets of underrepresented communities is fundamental to my personal beliefs and values as a faculty member within the School of Education at UNC-CH.
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