Maria de los Angeles DeSantos-Quezada
Ms. Desantos Quezada is a current MEd candidate within the Policy and Planning division of the Education Leadership and Policy Program at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). Her research interest rest under the lens of Critical Race Theory with a focus on language minority and immigrant students, bilingual education, and K-12 ethnic studies. Ángeles is a McNair Scholar and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in Applied Research Methods from San Jose State University.
She currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Transfer-Year-Experience office where she develops strategic support for students to combat the negative effects of transfer shock for academic success. Ángeles is also a Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute of Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) where she helps with the Association of Black Psychologists COVID-19 Needs-Assessment Project. In addition, Angeles serves as a research assistant on "Considering the Immigrant Civic Potential: Latinx Immigrant-origin Youths Civic Identity Development" (PI: Callahan, Co-PI: Obenchain). Her duties include data collection, cleaning, and analysis, as well as overall manuscript development.
She has become involved in different advocacy initiatives at the University and in the larger community. As part of the Student Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of the McNair Graduate Student Group, and member of the Ethnic Studies Network of Texas, she works hard to center the voices of underrepresented populations.
Ángeles has conducted research for San Jose State Education Department (Sexual Coercion and Violence in College: Reforming Policies and Practices for Consent Education and Personal Agency)and the Political Science Department (Polarization and Voting Turnout in Latin America, 1993-2010). She is a former Senior Resident Advisor and has a passion for mentoring students throughout their educational careers. Ángeles has published her work on the McNair Research Journal on English Language Minority Students and Education Policy: A Focus on the Latinx Population and is working on two different publishing chapters for this upcoming summer. Ángeles hopes to earn her Doctorate degree and become a professor at a community college or public State institution. In her free time, she enjoys calling her family and watching Las Chivas soccer games.