Research Coordinator, McNair Scholar Program, Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, 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.