I currently live in New York City. Originally from Lima, Peru, I moved to New York City at the age of twenty-one. I am a Community College graduate with a BA in Psychology and an MA degree in Educational Psychology both from Hunter College in the City University of New York. I am pursuing my doctoral degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

I am a higher education professional and my portfolio covers four main areas—peer mentoring programming, faculty development, student leadership and professional development, and data design and assessment for program outcomes. I presently work at the Center for Teaching and Learning at LaGuardia Community College as the First Year Program and Assessment Coordinator.

My interest in education dates back from my days in high school when I wanted to become an English teacher. Over the years, my professional and educational experiences have shaped and expanded my vocation to higher education. Over the last 7 years at LaGuardia, I have been engaged in multiple initiatives aimed to promote student success particularly around first year programming. Having had the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from Student and Academic Affairs, I’ve been part of a wide range of projects with faculty, staff, and student mentors alike. These experiences spurred my interest and led me to pursue a doctoral degree in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at Teachers College in Columbia University. Building off my early training in psychology coupled with my professional experience, I want to strengthen and deepen my theoretical understanding of the higher education enterprise, translate this to research-driven processes and findings, and promote policies and practices conducive to student success.