Cynthia Rodriguez is a doctoral student at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. She is a research assistant working with Dr. Estela Bensimon at the Center for Urban Education. Her research interests include: college access, retention and equity for underrepresented students as well as institutional policies affecting students of color.
Prior to attending USC’s Rossier School of Education, Cynthia was a graduate assistant at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. As a graduate assistant, she worked with the McNair Scholars program and the office of Strategic Planning and Assessment for the Vice President for Student Affairs. Before pursuing graduate studies, she was a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher in San Antonio, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University where she double-majored in Anthropology and English.