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 June 15, 2018

I’m Proud to Be First-Gen, But There’s a Lot More to Me Than Just That

I am proud to be the first in my family to have gone to college. However, that is not all…

By Mariana Martinez

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Posted Aug. 10, 2016

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 June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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