Veronica Gomez, Loyola Marymount University
Veronica Gomez is a first-generation college student from South Central Los Angeles, California. She is a rising senior at Loyola Marymount University majoring in Sociology and minoring in Peace & Justice Studies and Political Science. On-campus she is involved in the First to Go Program as a Peer Instructor and Student Lead Administrator, the Ignacio Student Support Services as a Peer Outreach Assistant, and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Through the McNair Scholars Program, she has conducted research on college preparation programs for low-income high school students called Upward Bound and how family dynamics influence Latinx students’ duration and participation in these programs. Veronica’s research interests include a focus on race and ethnic politics looking at the consequences of policies for underrepresented students specifically disparities low-income first-generation college students face in the education system. After graduating, she intends to pursue a doctoral degree in political science, public or educational policy, and get a government position. She is dedicated and passionate about creating change in underrepresented communities.