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Alicia Ayala, Masters Student

Alicia Ayala is currently a second-year master’s student in Human Development and Social Intervention at New York University. She is interested in how academic engagement influences educational trajectories of immigrant-origin emerging adults. While working in community based organizations she became passionate about empowering new immigrants and providing them with resources to navigate and thrive in the U.S. She believes it is important to understand the experiences of undocumented students in college because they are a young and growing population that will continue to shape and contribute to our society. She hopes to one day become a professor and provide mentorship and guidance to students to increase the pipeline of underrepresented students in higher education. In addition, she aims to continue to conduct research, work within the community and promote awareness about issues surrounding immigration policy and reform.

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