A recent graduate from the University of California, San Diego, Carina Gutierrez obtained her B.A. in socio-cultural anthropology with a minor in ethnic studies. Having maintained a GPA of 3.66 in her first quarter as a transfer student, Carina earned her way into the Tau Sigma National Honor Society — an honor society designed exclusively to recognize the academic excellence or involvement of transfer students. She was awarded Provost Honors for five quarters for Thurgood Marshall College, as well. Additionally, she became certified in iLead, a workshop program that allows students to advance their skills in various communication and leadership topics. As someone who felt her elementary to high school years were difficult, this was a massive accomplishment for her.
In addition to her award of Provost Honors, acceptance into Tau Sigma, and completion of the iLead certification, Carina Gutierrez was invited to join the Marshall Mentor Program through Thurgood Marshall College. Through this program, Carina worked closely with a faculty member in the anthropology department curating and creating her own research of the complex, multi-layered identities of multiracial people.
During Carina’s college career, she worked as an AVID tutor and nanny. AVID (or Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a non-profit program designed to equip teachers and schools with the tools to help students succeed on the path to college and career success, who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be college-ready. She tutored high school students, grade 9-12, in subjects surrounding English literature and comprehension. Having been an AVID student herself, she felt honored to support students in their work toward improving their own readiness skills. As a nanny, Carina provided care for children of all ages and administered support for parents regarding day-to-day operations. Here, she was able to work with and support parents during vulnerable times in their lives which improved her verbal communication, critical thinking, and adaptability skills. Carina Gutierrez hopes to obtain her PhD within the near future, so until then, she’d love to contribute to society, advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities, research, educate, and continue learning.
Aside from her academic and professional work, Carina finds solace in wellness and healing, meditation, biking, reading, running, and traveling.