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Diana E. Cruz, Senior Research Assistant

Diana E. Cruz conducts qualitative and quantitative research on system and statewide ESL reforms and on college persistence and students' college enrollment success. Her research interests include socioeconomic and racial 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 earned an MA in education policy with a concentration in higher education from Teachers College in 2018 and holds a BA in psychology and Spanish from Sonoma State University.