Dr. Araceli Espinoza-Wade is a Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate for the Pullias Center for Higher Education. In this role, she is working with Drs. Adrianna Kezar, Darnell Cole, Kristan Venegas, and Tatiana Melguizo on the project “Thompson Scholars Learning Communities: A Mixed Methods Examination of a Comprehensive College Transition and Success Program for Low-Income Students.” Espinoza-Wade earned her B.A. in American Studies from U.C. Berkeley. Thereafter, she completed a M.E. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California where she also earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy. Her research focuses on the college experiences and outcomes of racial and ethnic minority (REM) students, first-generation college students, and REM students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. She has given multiple presentations at national conferences and has published her research in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Espinoza-Wade was a Gates Scholar from 2002-2012, a 2012 Ford Fellow, and a 2015 semifinalist for the Outstanding Dissertation Competition of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education & Educational Testing Services.