Kat J. Stephens, Ed.M - Transfer RAP Instructor

Kat is a PhD student at UMass Amherst in the department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration, in the Higher Education degree program. Kat’s research interest includes high achieving community college students and their transfer choices to elite 4-year institutions. Kat transferred from Borough of Manhattan Community College to Sarah Lawrence College, and earned an advanced Master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher and Postsecondary Education.


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. 


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