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Diana E. Cruz, Research Assistant

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Diana E. Cruz conducts qualitative and quantitative research on system and statewide ESL reforms as well as on college persistence and student college enrollment success. Her research interests include socioeconomic and race inequalities in higher education, first-generation students’ college attainment pathways, college advising mechanisms, and student support services.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Cruz worked as a college advisor for 10,000 Degrees in Sonoma County, California, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping first-generation and low-income students attain access to higher education. Her work there motivated her to pursue a master’s degree as a means to increase resources for underrepresented students through mentoring, leadership, and self-advocacy.

Cruz is pursuing an MA in education policy from Teachers College and holds a BA in psychology and Spanish from Sonoma State University.