Dr. Siomara Valladares is Faculty Research Associate in the School of Education, CU Engage-Research Hub. She is presently working with colleagues to establish new partnerships with youth organizing groups that will generate new knowledge for improved policy and practice within local, national, and international contexts. Siomara received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Education from the University of California Los Angeles and her B.A. in English from the University of California Irvine. She is an evaluator of education programs, and has worked in higher education research and administration.