Mary Dueñas has joined the College Student Personnel (CSP) program as the new program coordinator and is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dueñas holds her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. With publications in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Latinos and Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Dueñas’ research focuses on the Latinx college student experience. Her interest attends to critical and social processes that affect this student population, with the intent for the findings to inform how student affairs can and should work with these students to promote their success.
Prior to her position at the University of Tennessee,Knoxville, Dueñas served as Posse Mentor, director of two educational programs, and coordinator for a Chican@ Latin@ Studies Program. As it relates to CSP, Dueñas expressed, “I am genuinely delighted and excited to be the new CSP Coordinator! I am thrilled to continue to uplift students’ experiences and work with campus partners to enhance the program. CSP is a quality program, and to be part of it – is something special.”