During my junior year of my undergraduate studies at Montclair State University, I recieved a terrible grade on my term paper in one of my Political Science courses. I was so upset that after class was dismissed, I was eager to talk to someone and blow off some steam. I went to see Dr. Pearl Stewart, one of my professors in the Family and Child Studies department, and told her about my frustration in that class. What I appreciated about Dr. Stewart was her patience and her understanding. Before I left her office, she asked if I was interested in her qualitiative study she was conducting involving first-generation college students. A bit hesitant, I said yes. That was the day my life changed. I started developing a great appreciation to research and learning so much about how conducting research can tell a story. I never thought that working with Dr. Stewart would give me the opportunity and hope to continue my education beyond college and into academia.
I am a first-year graduate student in the Family Studies and Human Development program in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. My research interests are Latino families and how culture and society affects parent-child relationships in the United States. This year, I was blessed to recieve the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowhsip for my proposal "Latino College Student Resiliency to Ambiguous Loss of Family Relationships" which will be my project for my thesis and dissertation. In this project, using Ambiguous Loss as my theoretical framework, I will examine how the college environmnet alters the relationship and develop resiliency among Latino college students and their families. I am also involved in other projects with my awesome advisor, Dr. Andrea, J. Romero, Fitch Nesbitt associate Professor of Family Studies and Human Development and Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies, examing ethnic identity, educational achievement, and mental health outcomes among low-income Latino families and adolescents. Currently, Dr. Romero, Monica Moreno, and I are examining youth and caregivers affiliated with La Zona de Promesa (Children's Promis Zone) on economic stress and ethnic identity.
Aside from my research duties, I hold leadership positions. This year, I was elected to serve as Student/New Professional Representative for the Ethnic Minorities Section of the National Council on Family Relations, a two-year appointment starting this November. Also, starting in August, I will be serving as the Undergraduate Representative for the Family Studies Student Round Table, a family studies graduate organization.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me!