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Meriah E. Heredia-Griego currently serves as a research assistant professor at the Center for Education Policy Research and the Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico. Within this position she conducts research and evaluation on several large-scale projects, including the Lumina Latino Student Success Initiative and the WKKF New Mexico Learning and Evaluation Virtual Consortium. During the legislative session, she serves as the University Legislative Bill Tracker conducting legislative bill and policy analysis. She has over ten years of experience in working on college readiness, access, persistence, and graduation issues with students, families, leaders, and policy-makers. Her current faculty appointment is in Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy in the College of Education where she teaches courses focused on developing emerging educational leaders. She has a BA in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Chicano Studies and Masters of Community and Regional Planning with an in Community Development from the University of New Mexico. In 2013, she earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Colorado State University. Her scholarly interests include education policy, narrative inquiry, construction of student identities in policy discourse, Hispanic Serving Institution leadership, and government relations and lobbying in higher education.