Rebecca Covarrubias, Ph.D.

November 05, 2020

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 Title       SSERC Faculty Director
             Associate Professor of Psychology






Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Faculty Director of the Student Success Equity Research Center at UC Santa Cruz. As a social and cultural psychologist, Dr. Covarrubias examines how institutional structures perpetuate educational inequality by privileging middle-class, White ways of being and thereby undermining outcomes for low-income, first-generation students of color (e.g., Latinx, Native). She then examines how to reverse these effects through culturally-informed approaches that draw attention to students’ cultural strengths. A first-generation faculty member, she co-launched UC Santa Cruz’s First Generation Initiative with Gwynn Benner to foster a sense of community among first-generation students, staff, and faculty. Dr. Covarrubias also collaborates with her team of student researchers in the Culture and Achievement Collaborative.