UTSA P20 Pathways to Education Research
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UTSA Pathways supports undergraduate students for doctoral studies in education research across disciplines through its education research training program. The training program provides fellows with: (1) the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of P-20 pipeline issues; (2) an introduction to education research and scientific methods; (3) meaningful opportunities to participate in education research studies; and (4) professional development and mentoring leading to doctoral studies.
Brenda Valdes was born across the border in Allende Coahuila Mexico and moved to San Antonio a little over a decade ago. After being a stay-at-home mom for years , she decided to go back to school. Valdes graduated from San Antonio College and transferred to UTSA in the fall of 2022 where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology and minoring in Sociology She is a first one to go to college from her family, but she says that she hopes won't be the last one. Valdes became a US Citizen in 2021 and now is invested in her education and society. She is concerned about the quality of life of Hispanic immigrants and their families. Her goal is to create a positive Latino movement to encourage others to get better and see the many possibilities that are offered to them.
Deborah Acosta-Sanchez is a student at the College for Health at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently a junior majoring in Sociology and Psychology, and is also a member of the Honors College at UTSA. Deborah has an Associate of Arts in Sociology degree from Northwest Vista College (NVC). She looks forward to graduating with her Bachelor’s and continue her educational journey by attending graduate school.
I am a first-generation Junior from Richmond, Texas pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Computers have always been a major facet of my life with my passion for the science developing in the earliest stages of my life. Throughout my life I have been taught the opportunity to develop a passion is privilege; I plan to take advantage of that. Both my parents came from an impoverished background, but they persevered to give me a life away from hardship. After graduation I plan to pursue my Master’s in Business Administration while maintaining an active role in education science research. Being a part of both the Hispanic and Black community I have a deep understanding of the educational discrimination many people face. I have an envisioned a future where everyone is included no matter the situational circumstances. The opportunity to teach and provide others with the same opportunities and resources I have had will always be my greatest ambition.
BHello! My name is Emmaly Trejo Lamas and I am an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. Aside from my school work, I am a research assistant at The Wicha Lab. My goal is to become a physician as either a neurologist or a cardiologist. Once I finish my undergraduate degree, I plan on getting a Master’s degree and starting medical school. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, playing with my dog, and running.
Felisha Rios is a senior at UTSA, majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion & Behavioral Science. She is a transfer student from SWTJC (Southwest Texas Junior College) and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is passionate about helping others and is currently working on her prerequisite courses for medical school. When Felisha isn’t studying, she is reading a good book, spending time with family, or playing with her dog, Gus Gus.
Hello, My name is Marina Singletary. I was born in Amarillo, Texas and moved to San Antonio when I was 10. I am a transfer student from Alamo Colleges and the first in my family to continue towards a bachelor’s degree. I am a Junior undergraduate majoring in Education and Equity with a concentration in ESL EC-6.
Research interests include supporting women of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and encouraging their advocates to create more conversations for positive change. She strives to help uplift marginalized communities and destroy systems and institutions that have been designed to keep them down. Through the P20 Pathways program, Mikayla hopes to gain insight to develop her research methods further and to utilize those techniques to foster the growth of future generations in the U.S.
It is said that on the day Tara was born, for the briefest of moments, the world halted on its axis, and the whole of humanity collectively gasped in wonder. Mother Earth looked upon the infant, loosed the breath she did not realize she had been holding, and whispered, “Oops, wrong baby.” Double majoring in History and Politics & Law, Tara applies her passion for historic analysis as a tool to examine present day injustices faced by vulnerable populations. From the moment she learned to read, her nose has been perpetually stuck in a book.
I’m born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and I’m currently a senior student at UTSA, majoring in Interdisplinary studies early childhood education EC-6. Being a first gen student on the black side of my family motivates me to become a black educator in my community. My goal is to get my Masters in Psychology and pursue a career in working as a teacher in a montessori school, or work as a holistic therapist for children and adults, but I’m open to wherever life takes me. Changing the world with the mind, body and spirit has always intrigued me, stepping into holistic healing and play, music and eco thearpy can help the future!
My name is Vianney Gonzalez and I am 19 years old. I was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. I am currently a senior pursuing a degree in EC-6 with a bilingual core. The passion I have for teaching is the same that I hold for outside of the career: providing safe spaces for everyone, especially children. I have been blessed enough to have volunteered for Friendship of Women and worked for TAASA, Texas Agency Against Sexual Assault. What started as something for fun in 2019 ended in increasing my knowledge of the outside world and helping me find what the education system fails to do. I hope to be able to provide safe spaces for anyone that walks into my classroom in the foreseeable future and to help give children a louder voice.
My name is Andrea J. Marquez and I’m from Austin, TX. Some of my hobbies are reading, photography, watching 90s/00s rom-com movies, going to concerts, listening to my 90-hr playlist and spending time with my family and friends. I graduated from Legacy Early College High School in the beginning of covid (June 2020). I’m part of the First-Gen community and I’m currently a senior at UTSA, majoring in History with a 7-12 concentration in education. My dream job since I was very young has always been to become an educator. I’m so excited for what this school year has in store, being a part of the Pathways Program has been an amazing experience so far!