Shantel Martinez
Director, First-Generation Programs and Enrichment


Dr. Shantel Martinez comes to us from California State University, Monterey Bay where she was the Director of the Otter Cross Cultural Center and affiliate faculty in the School of Humanities and Communications. As a practitioner-scholar, she examines storytelling practices in order to center ancestral and embodied knowledge in both familial and educational spaces. She utilizes this research to inform her approach to building mentorship pipelines, forming community, and cultivating narratives of survival. She has been published in MALCS: The Journal of Chicana Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies ⇔ Critical Methodologies, Border-Lines, This Bridge We Call Communication: Anzaldúan Approaches to Theory, Method, and Praxis, Latinx/a/o Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice, and has many other projects in the pipeline, as well as serves on the editorial board of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. Dr. Martinez is currently working on her co-edited book, We are all monsters/We are all saints: Haunted migrations and latindigenous ghost story. 

As a first-generation college student herself, Dr. Martinez actively dedicates her time to mentorship and programming activities that promote social justice, equity, and belonging for first-generation and underrepresented students on campus. One of her favorite quotes that frames her guiding ethos is, “In listening to the story of one, we learn about the conditions of many” (Bernal et. al., 2012). Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family and three dogs (Margeaux, Vivie, and Eli) as well as travel to familiar and unfamiliar destinations.

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