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MASP Current Students

Tatiana Apelu

Tatiana Apelu

Areas of interest: 

My research interests involve former foster youth and transitional care services that serve them. I seek to understand the gatekeeping techniques that are used to determine eligibility for access to these services.  I particularly favor looking through the lense of critical race theory and conflict theory in sociological analysis. I have further interests in Pasifika communities, religion, cultural sociology, and postcolonialism. 

apelu001@cougar.csusm.edu

 
Daniela Carreon

Daniela Carreon (she/ella)

Areas of Interest: 

Chicana/Latina Motherhood & Mothering, Sociology of Family , Sociology of Immigration, Race, Class, Gender, Chicana Feminism, Resilience & Joy

carre013@cougars.csusm.edu

 
Liana Covarrubias

Liana Covarrubias

Areas of Interest:

My interest is to learn more about our educational system, K-12, using critical policy analysis to understand how this institution prepares Latinx students for higher education. Emphasis will be placed on push-out rates, graduation rates and school structure. My other interest is domestic violence within the immigrant community in California. To understand discriminations within the immigrant community, Intersectionality theory, and analyzing racial stratification practices are my preferred method.       

covar022@cougars.csusm.edu

 
Kayleen Diaz

Kayleen Diaz

Areas of interest: 

My research consist of police violence on Black Lives Matter protesters. My other interest include police militarization in the US, US imperialism, broken windows theory,  critical race theory in education, ideologies effect on policies, critical criminology, capitalism, and immigration. If you are interested in the MASP program and want to learn more, feel free to reach out. 

diaz413@cougars.csusm.edu

 

 
Kayli Evans

Kayli Evans 

Areas of Interest: 

Imposter Syndrome, intersectionality, feminist theory, multiracial identity negotiation, and higher education navigation.

evans090@cougars.csusm.edu

 
Marilyn Huerta

Marilyn Huerta 

Areas of Interest:

I am a Communication Specialist here at CSUSM in the College of Education, Health & Human Services but I'm also an artist and leads others in using art as a tool to help them connect, communicate and cope with life struggles. I conduct campus and community art projects with various populations and for various purposes, but the research I am specifically interested in for this program is working with the Veteran population since my family is strongly connected with the military. I volunteer for Interfaith Community Services working with homeless individuals and Veterans and I teach online healing art courses through the CSU Institute for Palliative Care.

mhuerta@csusm.edu

 
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Maria Jimenez 

Areas of Interest:

My research interests are gentrification in poor communities of color, specifically Latinx communities. My other interests include social factors that affect Latino males, school to prison pipeline, youth gangs, civil-gang injunctions, etc.

jimen059@cougars.csusm.edu

 
Laura Martinez Morales

Laura Martinez Morales

Areas of Interest: 

Intergenerational Relationships, Elders, Class, Race, Gender, Non-nuclear Latinx Families, Chicana Feminism, Ethnography

marti561@cougars.csusm.edu

 
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Vanessa Martinez

Areas of Interest:

Issues affecting Chicanx and Mexican Indigenous communities, the cultural appropriation and commodification of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), colonialism, capitalism, race and ethnic relations, and Chicana feminism.

marti455@cougars.csusm.edu 

 
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Roberto Ortega

Areas of Interest: 

My research examines how Chicana/o students are stigmatized by zero tolerance policies in secondary education. Overall, I am interested in the areas of race/ethnicity, intersectionality, education, criminology, and inequality. 

orteg254@cougars.csusm.edu

 
Talisha St. John

Talisha St. John

Areas of Interest

African American Women and Mental Health. Specifically how systemic racism, stressors, discrimination, and triggers have a psychological toll on African American women's mental health.

stjoh007@cougars.csusm.edu

 

 

 Arturo venegas-Montiel

Arturo Venegas-Montiel

Areas of Interest:

My research focuses on after school programs in underserved and under funded communities and how they have helped or not helped youth in their academic journeys. My areas of interest are youth empowerment programs, after school programs, Race, Class, and Gender. Go ahead and send me an email if you have any questions about Graduate School or School in general!

veneg018@cougars.csusm.edu

 

 
Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright

Areas of Interest:

My research project focuses on undocumented students who face the structural barriers to higher education. I will specifically be looking into some of the services that are critical to their success (academic advisors, student service specialists and policies). My other interests include how well undocumented undergraduate students perform academically compared to other similar students, and what USC’s are doing for marginalized students during the post COVID pandemic. I will be using the Mixed Method approach to provide me with a better understanding for this research problem.

Wrigh128@cougars.csusm.edu