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 Feb. 22, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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