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 Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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