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UW alum Martinez to lead new Rising Stars mentoring program

January 17, 2015

UW-Madison alumna Dr. Rocio Martinez will be coordinating the new Rising Stars mentoring program for Latinos United for College Education Scholarships (LUCES).

LUCES is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure bright futures for young Latinos in Wisconsin by providing several merit and need-based scholarships.

Martinez received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UW-Madison in 1997 and earned a master’s in Counseling and Guidance in 1983.

A post announcing the Rising Stars program noted that participants “will be mentored by a successful and well established professional in your career of choice. A mentor is a long live learning guide that serves you with networking, community connections, decision making, career exploration, recommendations, and support overall during your professional career journey.”

Information about the program continues: “Research shows that underrepresented students are less likely to attend college or continue their higher education goals due to the lack of communication from both colleges and high schools, particularly for Latino students. At the same time, the probability of a Latino student to enter an institution of higher education almost doubles if the individual has a person who is providing them with information and teaching them how to navigate institutions of higher education.”

To learn more, visit the LUCES website or check out the organization’s Facebook page.

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