Happy New Year, Transfer Nation! We’re kicking off 2023 by continuing our conversation with Alex Torrez - this time delving into community college advocacy. Community colleges have long served as a tool for transfer, and yet they are still underutilized and stigmatized. In this episode, Heather and Alex discuss how to help dispel the stigma, address and solve hidden obstacles, and educate students’ support networks on the legitimacy and benefits of a community college education.
Alexandra Torrez is currently a Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow at the University of Virginia. After transferring from Las Positas College, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of California-Berkeley in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and Comparative Politics. At Berkeley, she served as the Transfer Director Chair for the Mixed at Berkeley Recruitment and Retention Center, which is a part of the bridges Multicultural Research Center. Alex is also the founder and director of Traditionally Untraditional, an organization dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to neo-traditional and transfer students.
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Communities Within the Transfer Community: This episode is part of a TNTalks series focused on acknowledging the diversity within the transfer experience and spotlighting student identities through an intersectional lens.
Host | Dr. Heather Adams
Guest | Alexandra Torrez
Producers | Sam Kaplan, Brandon Rodríguez
Sound Editing | Abraham Urias
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