Jessica-Perez-1Jessica G. Perez-Chavez is a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include: multiculturalism, immigration, youth, race, and racism. She is on the editorial board of Latina/o Psychology Today (LPT) as a student editor and is also the Student Convention Assistant for Division 45 of the American Psychological Association (APA).


Silvia P. Salas-Pizaña s a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Her research interests focuses on understanding how membership in multiple minoritized groups influences stress and coping among Trans Latinx immigrants. She serves on the editorial board of Latina/o Psychology Today (LPT) as a student editor and is a Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship recipient at UWM.

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Mackenzie T. Goertz is a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student at Marquette University. She is interested in identifying factors that contribute to White Racial Identity Development and exploring how Whiteness operates to maintain a racially unjust society. She serves on the editorial board of Latina/o Psychology Today (LPT) as a student editor.

Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 11.46.58 AM.pngPrincesa Chavez is the cutest and most adorable member of the IC-RACE Lab. Princesa is an avid supporter of social and racial justice and believes in equity, equality, and dignity for both people and animals. She helps lab members de-stress through her smiles and hugs. She enjoys dancing, waging her tail, eating gourmet cookies, and playing with her toys.

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Claire Manley is a Counseling Psychology graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is interested in exploring the socio-historical context of whiteness and its direct impact on People of Color and their health and wellness. Claire is also interested in researching the role of power and privilege, and the factors that are associated with both openness and resistance of White people to engage in social and racial justice.

Screen Shot 2017-09-29 at 9.48.11 PM.pngXochitl Cruz is a full time employee with One Million Degrees, a scholarship program for community college students. She has worked with students from high school to community college and has a passion for advocating and supporting students through the institutional barriers they face on a regular basis. Xochitl plans to pursue a graduate degree in  higher education to help ensure that all student support services are competently serving historically minoritized students.

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Chelsea Parker is a currently working in a residential facility with unaccompanied youth in Chicago as mental health clinical practitioner. Her research interests include immigration, unaccompanied minors, white responsibility to dismantle racism, and White Racial Identity Development.

Karen PicKaren Bugarin is a Counseling Psychology graduate student. She is passionate about advocating for and providing holistic healing to Communities of Color. Karen is interested in exploring the impact systemic racism, immigration, and acculturation have on the lives of Latinxs.


Shanna N. Smith is currently working at an Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 11.17.47 PMemployee assistance program as a clinical counselor in Chicago. Her research interests include exploring trauma-informed andstrength-based interventions for Black Women and Girls as well as the impact of systemic oppression on Communities of Color.

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Carla da Cunha is a Counseling Psychology graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, specializing in Trauma. As an international student from South Africa, she has encountered the enforced racial divide and segregation throughout her life. While she continues to expand her knowledge base through her education, she is interested in exploring the presence of institutional racism, especially the ways in which racial oppression impacts individuals, groups, and communities. While she works at the IC-RACE lab advocating for social justice alongside her mentors and fellow lab workers, she also volunteers in a Community Assistantship position with the homeless community.