Raya Nunez Mahdi, PhD       Carlos Nunez, PhD
Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

Alice Ho 1
Alice Ho, PhD 

Director, Research, Assessment and Evaluation
Director, McNair Research Scholars Program
UCLA Academic Advancement Program
Division of Undergraduate Education


Cristina ABejan 1
Cristina A. Bejan, PhD
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado, USA

Alice Ho 1

Alice Ho (she/her/hers) is the Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation at UCLA's Academic Advancement Program, as well as the Director and Principal Investigator of the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Program. She is also the Curriculum Coordinator of UCLA’s Freshmen and Transfer Summer Programs and leads several research, assessment, and evaluation efforts. Dr. Ho has over 20 years of experience working with first-generation, low-income students of color and served as the Director of Academic and Research Programs for the past decade. In her tenure, she has developed and worked with several critical pipeline programs, including establishing the UndocuBruins Research Program and the High Achievement and Math and Science Program at UCLA. She is a strong advocate for students who like herself, come from a low-income household and are the first in their families to navigate higher education. Prior to joining the Academic Advancement Program's leadership team, she was a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA’s Center for Educational Assessment and a professional expert with Los Angeles Unified School District’s Program Evaluation and Research Branch where she worked on assessments of curriculum, programs, and grant initiatives. She has extensive institutional research, consulting, and leadership experience. Dr. Ho serves on multiple advisory boards of pipeline programs, trains fellow U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program professionals, and is the founding treasurer and member of the of the McNair Association of Professionals. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Education - Human Development and Psychology and her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education Studies, all from UCLA. She is a proud Bruin who is committed to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Who should attend

We invite educators, researchers, Ph.D. students and all professionals working in both public & private sectors to submit the extended abstracts for the Conference.