Principal Investigator (LCM)
Olga A. Vásquez
Olga is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and principle investigator of CASA research initiatives which focus on enhancing the optimal learning potential of bilingual and under served youth in public schools, their representation in higher education, and the social integration of their communities.
Principal Investigator (MCM)
Alison Wishard Guerra
Alison is an assistant professor in Education Studies whose research focuses on social and linguistic development in early childhood, with particular focus on developmental competencies among Latino children from low-income families. She is a member of the National Early Head Start Research Consortium where she continues an active line of research investigating longitudinal social and cognitive developmental outcomes. In addition, Alison's current research at UCSD investigates the role of social pretend play in the development of oral language and school readiness among Mexican heritage children.
MCM Program Aid
Melina A. Munoz
Melina is a fourth year undergraduate student, majoring in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Psychology, and double minoring in Spanish Literature and Education Studies. Melina first joined the UC Links Preschool Project Spring 2015 on the Curriculum Development Research Assistant team for Little TACKLE at the San Pasqual Children’s Center. Throughout her time at UC San
Diego, Melina has also been a part of organizations such as Alternative Breaks, Education Corps, the UCSD Pep Band, and Ballet Folklórico La Joya de México. Upon graduation, Melina intends to pursue her Masters of Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the UCSD Education Studies Department, with a focus in Early Education (P-3) and a Spanish/English Bilingual Authorization. She hopes to teach for Dual-Immersion programs in low-income, underserved communities.
LCM Program Directors
Elizabeth is a fourth year undergraduate student at UCSD double majoring in Political Science: Public Law and Ethnic Studies. Prior to joining the team she worked alongside different resource centers like Career Services Center and SPACES. Throughout the years she has been part of organizations like Alternative Breaks, MEChA, Education Corps, and Justice Corps. She values public service and aims to promote higher education in underserved communities. She is also passionate about social justice issues revolving around equity, LGBTQIA, and women’s issues. Upon graduation she intends on going to law school in hope of addressing the needs and concerns of marginalized communities of color.
Daniela is in her last year of undergraduate studies at UC San Diego. She is studying Political Science with a focus in Public Policy and has two minors in Education Studies and Ethnic Studies. She has been involved in organizations on and off campus including M.E.Ch.A., UCSD Women’s Center, and Cal-SOAP San Diego. Daniela is passionate about ensuring all students have access to equitable educational opportunities and aspires to work in the realm of education policy.
Laura is a third year at UCSD. She is majoring in Ethnic Studies and is minoring in Chicano/a Latino/a Arts & Humanities program. On campus she is involved in Students Against Mass Incarceration, Phi Lambda Rho sorority, and MEChA. She as well works at SPACES as one of the interns for MEChA; she will be the incoming Xoxotlani Access Coordinator. Laura is really passionate about empowering students from underrepresented communities; she seeks to provide students with resources that can help them matriculate into higher education.