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I am an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Psychology and Sociology, an MA from New York University (NYU) in Human Development and Social Intervention, and a PhD from Stanford University in Developmental and Psychological Sciences. My doctoral program advisor was Dr. Teresa LaFromboise.
My research interests include exploring sociocultural factors (e.g., sense of belonging) that impact the academic performance and psychological development of historically marginalized students. I am also interested in informing and developing culturally-sustaining interventions for historically marginalized college students, specifically those who are first-generation/low-income (FLI).
My dissertation explored the association between sense of belonging and academic performance among FLI college students.
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Nidia Ruedas-Gracia, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Blogpost: Utilizing our Strengths to Foster Social Belonging amid Social Isolation
Podcast episode 41: Conceptualizing ‘Sense of Belonging’ Among Students From Historically Minoritized Racial Groups Within Higher Education