CITRAL, UC Santa Barbara Library, Room 1576

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In this workshop, we will discuss the power of university messaging for building inclusive and supportive settings for students. We will ground our discussion in research-based approaches to shaping our communication with students to convey the message that they belong and can be successful.  We will focus on program recruitment messages, website content, and official university letters.

Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of the Student Success Equity Research Center at UC Santa Cruz. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology at The University of Arizona, where she was also a Ronald E. McNair Achievement Scholar as an undergraduate student. As a social and cultural psychologist, she examines how institutional structures perpetuate educational inequity by privileging middle-class, White ways of being and thereby undermining experiences of low-income, first-generation students of color. She then examines how to reverse these effects through culturally-informed approaches that draw attention to students’ cultural strengths. For her research, teaching, and community engagement, Dr. Covarrubias was awarded the 2019 Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Early Career Impact Award, the 2018 Society for Research in Child Development Latino Caucus Early Career Award and the 2017 Society of Psychological Study of Social Issues Michele Alexander Early Career Award. With her team of student researchers in the Culture and Achievement Collaborative, she works to translate research findings into actionable practices that can shift the culture of institutions and can help students thrive.

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