Jennifer Ayala (Ph.D. '05, Psychology) Appointed Director of The Center for Undocumented Students

Jennifer Ayala (Ph.D.’05, Psychology) was recently named the director of The Center for Undocumented Students (TCUS) at St. Peter’s University, a private Jesuit college in New Jersey.
Founded last year, TCUS supports the academic work of undocumented students at St. Peter’s and fosters a community in which they feel welcome. It also works with community groups, government agencies, and other Jesuit universities to offer wider access to higher education and increase retention rates among undocumented students.
“I see this as a potential space of connection and critique, support, and possibility, a collaboration with the university and the local community,” Ayala says of her new appointment. “I bring many voices with me, especially those of colleagues and mentors from the Public Science Project and the Ph.D. Program in Psychology at the Graduate Center, speaking of the critical, humanistic, and participatory elements of this kind of work.”
“With students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and allies in and outside of Saint Peter’s University, I hope to do right by the Center, the students, their families, and the larger movement.”
Ayala has held appointments at St. Peter’s for the last 14 years. She is an associate professor in the School of Education and previously was the director of the university’s academic success program.
Before joining St. Peter’s, Ayala was a graduate teaching fellow in the community health education program at Hunter College. Her writing and research have appeared in many peer-reviewed journal articles; she has also presented at more than 40 conferences.

Submitted on: SEP 22, 2015

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