Aracely Garcia-Gonzalez, M.A.

Graduate Student Mentor
She/Her (2022-2023)


Education: M.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. Humanities & Communication, California State University, Monterey Bay


Campus Involvement

Ph.D. Candidate in Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies



Aracely is a proud second-generation daughter to Mexican immigrants. She is a first-generation college student from the Central Valley of California. Borned and raised in rural California, Aracely is passionate about equity in education, environmental justice for migrant communities impacted by agricultural industries, and a strong advocate for first-generation students navigating the university! Stop by and get to know her to talk about all things astrology and aesthetics. As a Virgo, Aracely is always interested in health and well-being and will remind you to drink enough water, stretch, and listen to your body! Stop by and say hello during Graduate Mentor pop in hours or make an appointment to chat about all things grad school.


First-Gen Advice

As first-generation college students, we often come from communities with rich, albeit, nontraditional communal resources. We learn to rely on one another to navigate systems and institutions that are unknown to us. As bridgemakers, we are constantly confronted with new challenges and my biggest piece of advice is to call on your community for support when you need it. Tap into the legacies of community building and care and bring that into the university so that you never feel alone.