Tracie Sánchez was born and raised in East Los Angeles, a predominantly working class Mexican community. Tracie identifies as a Reverse Transfer student, as she attended the University of California – Santa Barbara upon graduation of high school and later enrolled at Pasadena City College, where she completed her first two years of her undergraduate career. In 2010, she transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she would major in Chicana/o studies and minor in Gender Studies, Education, and Labor and Workplace studies.
As an undergraduate, she remained involved in a number of social justice based research projects and outreach programs that address racial campus climate, retention and access among underrepresented students both at community colleges and UCLA. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Tracie served as the principle investigator of a qualitative case study that examined student-centered and institutional factors affecting students’ decision to reverse transfer from public four-year institutions in California.
In June of 2014, Tracie graduated with her M.A. from the graduate department of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, with a Higher Education and Organizational Change degree. Her research interests currently include Latina/o educational pathways, intersections of race, gender, and social class in accessing college and graduate school, Latina/o reverse transfer students and overall Latina/o retention within California community colleges.
Currently as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – Higher Education Graduate Fellow, Tracie seeks to enhance her knowledge of educational policy-making and the ways in which higher education research can inform policy-making decisions to ensure more Latina/o students who begin their education at community colleges can successfully transfer to elite four-year research institutions. Tracie looks forward to returning to Southern California upon completion of the CHCI Higher Education Fellowship and pursue a doctorate degree in Higher Education and continuing to serve as mentor for first-generation Latina/o students attending community colleges.