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.
LCM Program Directors
Daniela received her Bachelor's degree from UC San Diego in Political Science. 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 fourth 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. Laura is passionate about empowering students from underrepresented communities; she seeks to provide students with resources that can help them matriculate into higher education.