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Secondary Education Graduate Fellow

Hometown: Santa Maria, California

Schools/Degrees: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M., Education in Prevention Science and Practice. California State University, Long Beach, Master of Science in Counseling

Placement: Office of Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Norma R. Salazar-Ibarra was born in Zacatecas, Mexico but raised in Santa Maria, California. She holds B.A. in Chicano & Latino studies, human development, and sociology from California State University, Long Beach. During her undergraduate studies, she worked for a federally funded program where she assisted first generation low-income high school and middle school students with post-secondary processes.

Norma received a M.A. in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a member of the Multicultural Advisory Council which seeks to facilitate diversity awareness in the HGSE community. She is currently completing a second M.A. in science in counseling with an emphasis in school counseling at California State University, Long Beach. Norma most recently coordinated a federally funded program at a community college in southern California that seeks to increase the number of women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans who are pursuing a degree in the field of engineering.

As a CHCI Graduate Fellow, Norma seeks to enhance her knowledge of Congress and educational policy-making. This experience will facilitate her desire to promote equity in education among students across racial, economic, and geographic boundaries.