- Chancellors Advance Postdoc Fellow
Ph.D., Education, University of California, San Diego, 2022
- Latinxs in STEM, Latinx premeds, Latinx cultural assets, Chicana/Latina Feminist Epistemologies, Hispanic Serving Institutions
- SST 371
- Katherine Garcia, PhD was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Garcia’s research interest are persistence of Latinx first-generation students, Chicana/Latina Feminist Epistemology, cultural assets and premedical pathways. Dr. Garcia’s professional experiences as former Counselor for the Upward Bound, Talent Search, Health Careers Opportunity Program and UC San Diego School of Medicine PRIME Health Equity Coordinator, have contribute towards her research agenda to critically examining the Latinx graduate pathways. Dr. Garcia uses asset-based frameworks that centers Latinx students cultural assets and knowledge to center Latinx student experiences in higher education. Also, Dr. Garcia is committed to expanding the next generation of Latinx physicians and has created the Latinx Premed Pathways Program with UC San Diego School of Medicine and collaborated with Latinx premeds on a culturally-responsive tool ‘The Latinx Premed Guide.’ Dr. Garcia was selected as a UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellow, for her research and service in advancing equity and inclusion. As a Chancellor's Advance Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine, her mentor is Dr. Glenda M Flores. Dr. Garcia’s current research is on Latinx cultural assets of premedical students in Hispanic-Serving Institutions and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions to elucidate how Latinx students use cultural assets to persist in two different context.