Student Profile

Isela Pena-Rager

Ed.D. Student-CANDEL Cohort 12


  • Ed.D. – Educational Leadership – UC Davis (in progress)
  • M.A. – Spanish, Applied Linguistics & Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies – Purdue University
  • B.A. – Art, specialization in Photography – University of La Verne

Research Interests:

  • Microaggressions as experienced by POC and nonimmigrant international students in higher education
  • Impact of racism on college student mental health
  • Harm and violence prevention on college campuses
  • Leadership practices around academic advising and counseling in higher education
  • Low-income, first-generation access to higher education 
  • Critical Race Theory, Community Cultural Wealth, validation theory, and counterstories

Recent Projects and Positions:

  • Adviser, College of Letters and Science – University of California, Berkeley

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