Monica Esqueda earned her bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of California, San Diego, and her master’s degree in higher education from the University of Washington, Seattle. While at the University of Washington, Monica worked as a research assistant to Dr. Frances Contreras and explored issues of access and the opportunity for Latino students in the state of Washington. She also conducted an exploratory study of military service veterans’ college decision-making and experiences for her master’s thesis. Her research interests include emerging student populations and experiences, the impact of education policy on student experiences, college access and choice. Currently, Monica is examining the impact of military service on the academic performance and outcomes of military-connected students (i.e., students with at least one family member serving in the military (e.g., a sibling, parent, grandparent)) and reform efforts supporting military-connected students in transition as part of the Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools DoDEA partnership project. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Darnell Cole.