Dora Gonzalez
Graduate Research Assistant

Dora Gonzalez is a graduate student pursuing a dual degree in the Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSSW) and Master’s of Arts (MA) in Latin American Studies. Her research interests comprise migration traumas and resilience/coping mechanisms of asylum seeking, Central American populations. Alongside her academic pursuits, she also helps foster community-organizing efforts in Austin around immigration and human right violations. Ultimately, she is interested in pursuing a PhD program that enables her to center the voices and issues faced by Central American communities in the U.S.


Carolina Miranda
Graduate Research Assistant

Carolina is from Monterrey, Mexico. Currently she is a graduate school student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in the University of Texas at Austin. She is expecting to get her Master’s in Global Policy Studies in May of 2019. She graduated from the University of Monterrey with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies in 2016. She has experience doing academic research in migration policy, women and gender issues, and human rights.


Shuxin Li
Graduate Research Assistant

Shuxin is a graduate student pursuing Master in Professional Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin. She will be graduating in May 2019 and pursue data analytics in the future. Besides her interest in numbers and math, she also has a strong interest in social science.


Patrizia Perazzo
Graduate Research Assistant

Patrizia is a graduate student pursuing her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interest focus on the effects of immigration on an individual’s mental health as well as the implementation of bilingual training in clinical and in academic settings. During her free time, Patrizia enjoys doing yoga, doing outdoor activities and reading.


My Quach
Undergraduate Research Assistant

My is currently an undergraduate student with a major in Asian Studies and minor in Business Foundations at the University of Texas at Austin. She plans to graduate in May 2020 and pursue a long-term career in Human Resources. My used to be a volunteer ESL teacher as she enjoyed helping others and learning about other cultures and languages. Thus, she is very interested in immigration and international policy. At the moment, My is a volunteer TA for two second language classes at a non-profit organization. She hopes to be able to use her language skills and knowledge to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds.


Jim Rowell
Graduate Research Assistant

Jim is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSSW). He moved to Austin in August 2018, after spending the last six years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was Director of School Garden Programs at a local nonprofit. After graduating, Jim plans to pursue his clinical license and provide mental health services to adolescents and adults. Jim also enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and eating!


Shontell Smith
Graduate Research Assistant

Shontell is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on the contextual factors that influence how children function emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and academically. Upon graduation, she intends to practice as a psychologist in the school setting, with the hopes of starting a clinic that partners with schools to provide mental health services and behavioral support for students, their teachers, and their families.