Dr. Cynthia L. Alvarez is a writer, scholar, educator, and practitioner. A daughter of immigrant parents who came to the U.S. as laborers and field workers, Dr. Alvarez works to support the educational aspirations of other first-generation college students like her. Dr. Alvarez earned her B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies, M.A. and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on college access for first-generation students, particularly on the issues families face when thinking and deciding about college. Dr. Alvarez worked as a Research Analyst for the Higher Education Research Institute, has taught in the Department of Chicana/o Studies and the Center for Community Learning at UCLA, and has kept involved in outreach and mentorship efforts in the Los Angeles area and Coachella Valley. In addition, she supported UCLA’s First Year Experience Program in implementing programs that help students transition into the college environment and continue their journey toward graduation. As a UIA Fellow at UC Riverside, Dr. Alvarez will oversee and manage a variety of projects focusing on student success via cross-campus collaboration.