Tonia Guida is currently a first-year doctoral student in Social Science Comparative Education with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity at The University of California, Los Angeles. In March of 2016, she will be pursuing a J. William Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Her developing research interests include campus climate, affirmative action, critical pedagogy, and critical race theory.
She holds a a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her previously explored research areas include college choice and tracking in secondary education.
At the University of Texas at Austin Tonia worked with the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars program, a program designed to prepare low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students to pursue doctoral studies in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. She also interned with the Campus Climate Response Team within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) conducting research on bias response teams in higher education. Previously, she worked with various intervention programs that attempt to address leaks in the high school to college pipeline for underrepresented students, such as the Early Academic Outreach program and Virtual Student Outreach for College Enrollment.