Deborah Acosta-Sanchez is a student at the College for Health at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is Puerto Rican and Costa Rican but has lived in Texas for the majority of her life.  Deborah is currently a junior majoring in Sociology and Psychology, and she is also a member of the Honors College at UTSA. In her free time, she likes to spend time on her hobbies which include photography, baking, reading, and spending time with her pets. Deborah has an Associate of Arts in Sociology degree from Northwest Vista College (NVC). She looks forward to graduating with her Bachelor’s to continue her educational journey by attending graduate school and earning a Ph.D. 

Deborah’s current research project is Latina Women and Family Ties in College Education. In this study, she hopes to understand how gendered expectations and familial influences in the Latinx community may affect Latina’s college experience and opportunities. She believes that her research can aid Latina students and their families have a deeper understanding of their college experiences and pressures so that they may excel in their studies.