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Gisela Cardenas

Gisela Cardenas

Mexican-American Studies & Psychology

Hispanic Studies & Psychological Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences & Education and Behavioral Sciences

Research/Areas of Interest

The Efficacy of the College Assistant Migrant Program in Increasing Student Success and Completion of Higher Education
Mentors: Dennis Aguirre, PhD, Department of Hispanic Studies                 
  James Kole, PhD, School of Psychological Sciences


My name is Gisela Grisel Cardenas. I am a senior at the University of Northern Colorado from the small town of Fort Lupton, CO. My academic goals are to graduate with a B.A. in May of 2018, with my majors in Mexican American Studies and Psychology. I am a proud transfer student from Aims Community College who received a scholarship from the College Assistance Migrant Program, which has been a major stepping stone in my life. As a current Stryker and McNair scholar, I am receiving the support that many students are not provided.  Being a native Spanish speaker and first-generation migrant student, I know that there is help, but finding these sources of support was not an easy task. My professional goals are to reach students and parents that need Bilingual Psychology services, especially migrant families and first-generation students. For this reason, I want to pursue a PhD in Bilingual Psychology or Latinx Psychology.