Marisol Garza

Marisol  Garza

Educational Leadership & Policy

M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance (Emphasis in Student Affairs), Texas State University, 2011
B.S. in Psychology, University of Houston, 2006

Office: SZB , SSE

Marisol Garza is a first-generation college student turned higher education professional with a passion for helping others realize success through higher education. Marisol holds an associate of arts from Lone Star College, a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Houston, a master of education in counseling and guidance from Texas State University, and also completed graduate coursework in counseling psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University.

Marisol started her career in higher education as a work-study student at Lone Star College-CyFair where she went on to serve as an academic advisor and financial aid specialist, then coordinator for student learning and organizational development. At Lone Star, Marisol was very active with student life and was instrumental in establishing the college's first Latina/o student organization. Marisol also worked as a recruiter, advisor, and early college specialist for Austin Community College. Immediately before attending UT, Marisol served as the Associate Dean of Student Engagement and Success at Houston Community College – Southwest where she provided leadership in advising, counseling, career services, and recruitment. During her service at HCC, she also served as the Program Manager for Advising at the district office and was a member of the Guided Pathways Implementation Team, charged with redesigning advising and implementing various facets of guided pathways to improve student outcomes. She was also a member of the Achieving the Dream Taskforce and served on the Core Curriculum Council.

Marisol’s first-hand experience in higher education, and the observed experiences of students she encountered throughout her career, ignited her interest in examining the deficit model of education through an equity and social justice lens. Within this context, Marisol's research interests center around exploring positive and culturally relevant practices to improve educational outcomes for Latinx community college students.