Ramos Carranza is a second-year doctoral student specializing in Human Development in Context. Her GRFP research, titled “The Role of Major-Related Organizations in the Persistence of Latinx Engineering Students,” will explore the role of the organizations on the identity, sense of belonging, and persistence of Latinx engineering students. She also will explore how the experience of these students may differ depending on their intersecting identities of class and gender and the identity-based nature (or not) of the organization.
“My interest in these research topics stems from my own struggles with identity as a Mexican-American woman in the educational spaces I have navigated and the important role that sources of support, such as my parents, played in my educational persistence,” Ramos Carranza said.
Ramos Carranza’s career goal is advocating for the educational success of underserved communities, particularly from the Latinx community.
She is advised by Professor Sandra Simpkins and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus Deborah Lowe Vandell.
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