Mariana Martinez

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Research Coordinator, McNair Scholar Program, Sonoma State University

Oakland, California

Mariana G. Martinez, PhD, is the eldest of three and the first in her family to earn a high school diploma and a higher education.

Mariana has been an advocate in the field of education for almost two decades. Her love and passion in education began as a senior in high school interning at a local elementary school. She was raised by immigrant parents who encouraged her to get an education so one day she could work as a secretary and not in a physically laboring job like the fields.

Currently Mariana is the research coordinator for the McNair Scholar Program at Sonoma State University, a federally funded program that serves first-generation and historically low-income students pursue the next of their educational goals. She is also a lecturer in the Chicano and Latino Studies department.

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Posted Aug. 10, 2016
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Want First-Generation Latinx College Students to Succeed? Get the Parents Involved!

Last month, Sonoma State University hosted its second Bilingual First Generation Orientation geared towards parents whose children were the first…

By Mariana Martinez

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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