Nathaly Santos

Nathaly Santos is a doctoral student within the Policy, Politics, and Leadership cluster at the Berkeley School of Education. Her broad research interests include equity and justice in higher education through an organizational lens, with a more specific focus on the Latinx student experience and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

These days, Nathaly is interested in exploring how individual and institutional factors can affect Latinx and minoritized student outcomes, as well as how those factors influence systemic policies and practices that seek to advance student success rates and mitigate the effects of institutional oppression. Alongside her advisor, Dr. Gina Garcia, she studies the ways in which predominantly white institutions adopt an HSI identity.

Prior to her arrival at UC Berkeley, Nathaly earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology & Philosophy, as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology all from the University of Virginia. She is the daughter of two immigrant parents and the first in her family to attend a four-year university and graduate school. She is proudly a product of the public school system.

Specializations and Interests

Hispanic-Serving Institutions; Equity and Education; Higher Education; Systemic Policy; Organizational Theory


M.Ed, Educational Psychology, University of Virginia

BA, Psychology & Philosophy, University of Virginia