Yolanda Catano graduated from California State University, San Marcos with her M.A. in Sociological Practice and a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She worked on a research project for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) at Palomar College, addressing the issues of Latin@ parent participation in their children’s education in North County, San Diego. She was invited to present the project’s findings with her colleague, Bettina Serna, at a national conference for GEAR UP in San Francisco, California, in Summer 2015.
Yolanda was born in Mexicali, Baja California, growing up in the border between Mexicali and Calexico. She is an educated Latin@ and as part of the 3% of the Latin@ population who obtain a master’s degree, she seeks to promote educational attainment for Latin@ communities. She loves spending time with her family and taking time for family functions. She is an outspoken individual who enjoys conversations that challenge the status quo. She truly is a sociologist.