Dr. Vanessa Martinez is a higher education professional with extensive experience in student services, counseling, advising, and teaching college students. Trained in multicultural and career counseling, advising, diversity and inclusivity training & education, social justice advocacy, retention, graduation, and conducting research in higher education. Dedicated to supporting college students' well-being and empowering first-generation and underrepresented communities.
• Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, California State University, Northridge (2020)
• M.S. in Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Irvine
Gloria, A.M., Castellanos, J., Delgado-Guerrero, M., Salazar, A.C., Nieves, C.M., Mejía, A., & Martínez, V.L. (2017).
El ojo en la meta: Latino male undergraduates’ coping processes. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10 (1), 11-24.
Producing research focused on resilience, persistence, ethnic identity, acculturation, familism, spirituality, effects of discrimination on psychological well-being and academic achievement, challenges faced by Latin@/x college students in higher education, first-generation college students, and coping mechanisms used by Latino/a college students that promote retention and graduation. Passionate about helping college students pursue their dreams and accomplish their academic and career goals.
Producing research focused on resilience, persistence, ethnic identity, acculturation, familism, spirituality, effects of discrimination on psychological well-being and academic achievement, challenges faced by Latin@/x college students in higher educatio
Diversity & Inclusion
Ethnic Identity / Ethnicity
Acculturation / Enculturation
Effects of Discrimination
Psychosociocultural (PSC) factors
Racism & Discrimination
Latina/o/x college students, Latina/o/x first-generation-to-college students
Underrepresented, underserved, minoritized Students of Color
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