Socorro Cambero received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research at the May 18th Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Symposium. The title of her submission was "Subtle but Loaded: White and Latina/o College Student Perceptions of Inequality Across Racial and Gender Lines." Her mentor was Professor Gilberto Conchas.
About Socorro Cambero
Socorro was raised in a neighborhood called Cypress Park in Los Angeles. Growing up, she wanted to be a Physical Education teacher, but after taking an education course on multicultural education at UCI, she found an interest in how young scholars of color navigate education structures. She is now a double major, Education Sciences and Gender and Sexuality Studies, with a minor in Queer Studies and explains her choice of academic pursuits as follows:
"I enjoys my gender and sexuality courses because I learn about Chicana Feminist Epistemology and would like to draw upon Chicana Feminism to inform the work I will pursue in the future."
Socorro plans on attending graduate school and exploring how young scholars of color conceptualize the inextricable links of identity and how their identities are manifested in different social and institutional settings. Her favorite books are Voicing Chicana Feminisms: Young Women Speak Out on Sexuality and Identity by Aida Hurtado and Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis.
One day, Socorro hopes to live up to her mother’s clever advice of continually centering the experiences of students of color that hail from low-income communities to inform education policy.