Alison Cerezo is originally from Pico Rivera, California. She received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from UCLA, a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Research Methods Specialization from CSU Los Angeles, and in 2009, received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Alison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University. Her research centers on access to higher education and retention, particularly for Latina/o and African American adolescents. She also conducts research on career trajectories of LGBTQ people, particularly immigrants from Latin America who arrive to the U.S. in search of academic and work opportunities, healthcare, and access to community supports.