Vanessa Monterosa

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First name: 
Vanessa
Last name: 
Monterosa
Brief Bio: 

As a doctoral student, Vanessa works at the intersection of education, access, and technology. Her research interests include the cultivation of digital identities, critical digital literacies, and the role of technology in college access and success. Vanessa is currently leading a mobile start-up project called College Knowledge LA focused on mapping college and financial aid resources in low-income communities to create greater access to such assets via mobile devices. In addition to her research endeavors, Vanessa was also selected as a HASTAC Scholar, an AAHHE Fellow, and elected to serve on the AERA Graduate Student Council as Web Secretary, where she oversaw the Council’s social media endeavors.

Vanessa also holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her time at Harvard, Vanessa developed a prototype mobile game called ‘FUNancial Aid’ aimed at increasing financial aid vocabulary comprehension in addition to working on a development team focused on designing a game that would teach players about morality and ethics called Quandry. Moreover, she worked in in a number of access capacities such as a College Advisor for The Education Resource Institute (TERI), as a graduate student advisor to Latinas Unidas de Harvard, and as a Social Media Coordinator at The Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS) in Boston.

Full Bio: 

As a first-generation college and graduate student, Vanessa owes much of her success to her mentors and her participation in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Claremont Graduate University, which changed the trajectory of her personal, professional and academic path. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she was a full-time College Advisement Specialist for 3,000 students at Santa Fe High School and spent her summers as a College Counselor at a variety of college prep camps around the nation.

As a doctoral student, Vanessa works at the intersection of education, access, and technology. Her research interests include the cultivation of digital identities, critical digital literacies, and the role of technology in college access and success. Vanessa is currently leading a mobile start-up project called College Knowledge LA focused on mapping college and financial aid resources in low-income communities to create greater access to such assets via mobile devices. In addition to her research endeavors, Vanessa was also selected as a HASTAC Scholar, an AAHHE Fellow, and elected to serve on the AERA Graduate Student Council as Web Secretary, where she oversaw the Council’s social media endeavors.

Vanessa also holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her time at Harvard, Vanessa developed a prototype mobile game called ‘FUNancial Aid’ aimed at increasing financial aid vocabulary comprehension in addition to working on a development team focused on designing a game that would teach players about morality and ethics called Quandry. Moreover, she worked in in a number of access capacities such as a College Advisor for The Education Resource Institute (TERI), as a graduate student advisor to Latinas Unidas de Harvard, and as a Social Media Coordinator at The Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS) in Boston.

Vanessa continues to use both her professional and academic experiences to better understand the role of technology in the lives of underrepresented youth and provide opportunities such as seminars and workshops at local community conferences to put her research into practice.

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Thoughts on projects & defining Race Online

Hi Everyone,

I've had this on my list of things to do for awhile, so thought I'd just get my thoughts out there and see what everyone else thinks. My current work isn't explicitly on race online, but i am extremely interested in learning more about this topic. So I am happy to collaborate on any idea since I know I will learn a lot just from particiating. :)

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