Dr. Nichole M. Garcia: Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

By Will Deyamport

On this episode, I Zoom in Dr. Nichole Margarita Garcia and we chat about issues of diversity in higher education. Dr. Nichole M. Garcia is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon dissertation fellowship which she completed a comparative study on Chicana/o and Puerto Rican college-educated families to advance narratives of intergenerational achievement and college readiness. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania she was engaged with RISE (Research, Integration, Strategies, and Evaluation) for boys and men of color which is a field advancement effort to understand and strategically improve the lives, experiences, and outcomes of these populations. Dr. Garcia collaboratively built an online repository of data disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and sex spanning five fields (education, health, human services and social policy, juvenile and criminal justice, and workforce development). She employs mixed methods to examine inaccurate portrayals of educational outcomes for communities of color. In doing so, institutions of higher education can plan appropriate programs and evidence-based interventions to meet the growing needs of students. She received her PhD in Social Science and Comparative Education with a specialization in Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. You can connect with Dr. Garcia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrNicholeGarcia?lang=en