Cynthia M. Alcantar
Cynthia Maribel Alcantar is a Doctoral Candidate in Social Science and Comparative Education and Research Associate for the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Additionally, she currently serves as a Visiting Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College. Her research broadly focuses on issues of college access and degree attainment for underrepresented student populations. Cynthia’s research interests stem from her experiences as daughter of Mexican immigrants and growing up in the City of Riverside. Prior to joining UCLA, Cynthia earned her master’s degree in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). She also worked as a Coordinator and Interim Director of Upward Bound at Norco Community College and as a Graduate Advisor and Faculty for the McNair Scholars Program at CGU.
Gina is a LA native, of immigrant grandparents, and she has lived in and traveled to over 20 countries. She completed her BA degree in Political Science with a focus on Latin American Studies, and two MA degrees - the first in Human Development & Psychology, with a focus on culture, gender, and relational development, and the second in Education, with a focus on special education. Gina holds a Montessori teaching diploma, and teaching credentials in Spanish, Special Education, and Administration. She has been working as a teacher in the public schools for the last 8 years, and prior to this, as a Research Assistant on various qualitative projects at Project Zero, PERG, and the Harvard Native American Program.