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Cynthia Alcantar, Doctoral Student

Cynthia’s mission to increase the college access and attainment of ethnic minority students, passion for research and mentoring students, and aspirations to become a professor are driven by her personal experiences as a low-income first-generation college student, as well as past professional and research experiences. Prior to coming to UCLA, Cynthia worked with various college outreach programs such as Upward Bound at Norco Community College, the McNair Scholars Program at Claremont Graduate University, and the STEM Program at Mount St. Mary’s College in California. Each outreach program works with low-income, first-generation college students. Her past research experience was on college preparation access for working class students and college access for indigenous Mexican students. Cynthia obtained a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology and minor in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside in 2007 and a master’s degree in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2009. She then went on to pursue her doctorate degree at New York University in Higher Education and then transferred in her third year to continue her doctorate at UCLA in her third year.

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