Jenna Castillo is an early childhood research assistant for Child Trends. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology, a concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies, and a focus in Latin American studies. Her research has focused on race, class, and on improving existing support systems for vulnerable populations. Jenna conducted research on gentrification and its impact on racial segregation in public schools in Columbus, OH, through the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at The Ohio State University. She is driven to continue doing impactful research due to her own lived experiences as a first-generation college student from a low-income background and mixed-race family.
Jenna aspires to continue her educational journey in the near future by pursuing a master’s and/or doctorate degree. Additional research areas she hopes to explore at Child Trends include youth’s experiences with mixed-race identities as well as youth homelessness.