Rene Mallia Cruz - Transfer RAP Instructor

Rene is a Master's student in higher education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Originally, they are from New York City and moved to Massachusetts to pursue a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College. At Hampshire College, Rene studied ethnomusicology and economic development; focusing on the correlations between economic development and the acceptability of Afro-Dominican identity as seen through vodu music. Rene was influenced by their undergraduate academic research and experience as a tour guide to pursue a Master's in higher education; specifically to increase access to higher education for first generation students of color. 

Transfer RAP