Ana Karen Gomez is a doctoral student at UCLA's Higher Education and Organizational Change (HEOC) program under the mentorship of Dr. Sylvia Hurtado and a research analyst at UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute (HERI).
Ana was born and raised in the city of Huntington Park, California and attended LAUSD schools before enrolling at UCLA for her undergraduate studies. Ana has benefited greatly from participation in TRIO programs such as Telacu Talent Search, Upward Bound, and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. She has been awarded numerous scholarships that have allowed her to continue to pursue higher education, most notably the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Ana is a passionate advocate of creating access to education for underrepresented communities of color through mentorship, pedagogical innovation, and organizational transformation. Her research sheds light on the experiences of underrepresented students of color in higher education, including Latinx students in STEM fields and community college transfer students at R1 institutions.
- M.A. Higher Education and Organizational Change 2017, University of California, Los Angeles
- B.A. Psychology 2016, University of California, Los Angeles
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