About Me


Ana holds a PhD from the UC Santa Barbara Department of Education, where she conducted longitudinal research on the narratives of first-gen Latinx students' college and career aspirations development and the development of their personal identities as part of this process. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Culture and Development from UC Santa Barbara.

Ana has worked with first-gen college-going high school students and their families in English and Spanish to better prepare for and to apply to college. She has also actively been involved in HSI initiatives supporting first-gen college students' transition, adjustment, and navigation of college and graduate school preparation. As part of these initiatives, Ana also provided support for transfer students' transition to the research university, specifically UCSB.

Her practice and research interests include academic and career identity development, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), multicultural education, and general Latinx and first-generation college students' concerns in higher education. Ana's professional, academic, and personal experiences inform her commitment to advocate for further equity and inclusion in higher ed, particularly in graduate school.

  • Dissertation: Click Here
  • Univision Noticias Interview (en español) Click Here
  • University of California News: "From rural ranch life to a doctorate" Click Here
  • AL DIA News Media: "Ana Guerrero and her Love Story for Education" Click Here
  • Latino Community Stage: "Worlds Collide: Earning My Ph.D. “With” My Dad - Dr. Ana Guerrero" Click Here
  • University of California: "UC community builders on how their Hispanic heritage fuels their work for change" Click Here
  • Jessica Dominguez Immigration Law Group (en español): "Joven inmigrante cumple su sueño y se lo dedica a sus padres" Click Here
  • Manifest Your Career Podcast: "First-Gen Resilience & Being Authentic at Work" Click Here
  • UCSB: "Ana Guerrero Advocates for Latinx Students in Higher Ed" Click Here
  • UCSB: "UCSB Students Describe Their Path to Higher Education, Often Paved by Family’s Sacrifice" Click Here
  • Grad School Femtoring Podcast: "71: Networking and Conferencing 101 with Dra. Ana Guerreros" Click Here
  • The Way to College Podcast: "Ana Guerrero- The First-Gen Advocate"  Click Here
  • FirstGen_Resilience Instagram: Click Here