Isai Garcia-Baza is a senior research assistant in the youth development research area for Child Trends. Isai is interested in the motivation, academic achievement, and university enrollment of students of color. He has worked extensively with Upward Bound, a Federal TRiO program that supports high school students from low-income families, as well as students who would become the first members of their families to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Isai attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a second major in religious studies. His senior honors thesis examined the relationship between parental supportiveness, access to information about the college enrollment process, and cultural values, and the college enrollment choices of Latino students—as well as the highest level of education they expected to attain. Isai plans to pursue a PhD in psychology or education.