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Gavin Mariano is currently a graduate student in the Ph.D in Higher Education program. His advisor is Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in political science from Indiana University – Bloomington (IUB), and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Indiana University – Northwest (IUN). Mariano had a significant career in social worker prior to returning to work on his Ph.D. He was a selected participant in the GU2IU program prior to his return. He remains a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Indiana, and an internationally-certified Child and Youth Care Professional (CYC-P).
Mariano also serves his Graduate Assistantship (GA) as a Program Associate (PA) for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at IUB's Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR).
Mariano’s interest in higher education stems from various volunteer activities in service to higher education attainment, the Latino Community, and alumni relations. As an undergraduate, GROUPS scholar, he served as President of several student organizations including, Latinos Unidos of Indiana University (LUIU); a Resident Assistant (RA) in two residence halls, and a CommUNITY Educator (CUE). He served as President of the Indiana University Latino Alumni Association (IULAA); President of Hispanic Organization Promoting Excellence (HOPE); a mentor for Latino youth aspiring to enter postsecondary education; and a member of the executive committee of the IUN Chancellor’s Board of Advisors. Currently, Mariano is a member of the administrative team of the IUB Ph.D Education Initiative; an elected member of the Graduate Professional Student Government (GPSG); an at-large board member of the GROUPS Scholars Alumni Association; and, a co-facilitator for the Latino Male Initiative (LMI). These activities, past and present, inform Mariano’s research interest of the experiences and persistence of Latino student personnel in residence halls.
Evidence-Based Improvement in Higher Education
Center for Postsecondary Research
School of Education
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