February 3, 2009
For immediate release
Amber Gonzalez, a graduate student in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been awarded a Graduate Study Grant from the Chicano Studies Institute at UC Santa Barbara for work on dissertation entitled “Undergraduate Latinos’ Intent to Persist at the University Level.”
Gonzalez’s dissertation research examines how four-year educational institutions are effective with the Latino/a population. More specifically, she will be examining how institutional practices including knowledge, skills, and abilities of the campus climate support students’ and families’ cultural values and thus are successful in instilling persistence with this population. Research examining intent to persist at four year institutions emphasizes that academic and social experiences within college as well as precollege characteristics have an overwhelming influence on persistence. Gonzalez’s central research hypothesis is that student engagement and persistence in postsecondary education are strengthened by institutional practices that honor students’ cultural knowledge.
The Chicano Studies Institute accepts proposals from graduate students engaged in research on topics pertaining to Chicana/o or Latina/o populations in the United States. Projects grounded in all academic fields are welcome with priority given to interdisciplinary research projects and to applicants not previously funded by the Institute.
In addition to her coursework, Amber Gonzalez currently serves as President of the Graduate Student Association at UC Santa Barbara.
[Amber Gonzalez is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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