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Cyndi Bendezu Palomino, M.A.

Cyndi Bendezu Palomino is currently Assistant Director of the UCLA McNair Research Scholars Program.  She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education. She is interested in finding ways of connecting undocumented students with information and resources to access higher education. As a former undocumented college student herself, she understands the issues facing undocumented students. However, she is aware of the changing political climate and needs of undocumented youth. She hopes to one day become a professor or work in Student Affairs to help enact policy change and do research on underrepresented students to increase access and retention in undergraduate and graduate school. In addition, she aims to continue to conduct research and participate in community organizing work in the Los Angeles area.

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