Doctoral Student

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  • Genesis Pia
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  • Genesis Pia is Guatemalan American and a first-generation college student. Her primary research interests include immigration, Latina/o sociology, higher education, family, race/ethnicity, gender, and mental health. She received her B.A. from Cal State Northridge, where she was selected as one of 30 students nationally to participate in the HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Program funded by the Mellon Foundation. As a Mellon Fellow, Genesis developed an IRB approved independent research project titled “Understanding Modern Day Hembrismo: Latinas in Higher Education Negotiating Equality while Honoring Tradition.” The research conducted focused on modern hembrismo ideology and how it is used to understand the ways Latina college students fulfill multiple roles in egalitarian ways while navigating their intersecting identities. For her doctoral work, Genesis intends to use mixed methods in order to explore how family, culture, religion, formal/informal employment, and immigration/generational status shape mental health help seeking behaviors amongst Latina college students. She is currently a Rutgers Presidential Fellow.