Dr. Lillianna Carrera- Postdoctoral Scholar
Lillianna Franco Carrera, PhD is the Postdoctoral Scholar at OWLS where she will be focusing on research and teaching. She received her doctorate in higher education at Loyola University Chicago. Lillianna earned her B.A. in Communication studies with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Lillianna has over 12 years of professional experience as a student affairs professional in areas such as enrollment, admissions, advising and student success. At Loyola University Chicago, Lillianna served as a teaching assistant in the higher education program and as a graduate research assistant where she contributed to research regarding academic research collaboration and employment stratification in STEM labor. Her research primarily focuses on first-generation Latinx college and career choice experiences, the personal and purposeful development of young adults through the college choice process and college experience, high school counselor and other support services/programs for underserved populations through their college choice process, academic success of racially marginalized populations in college, experiential learning practices, and student affairs professionals’ experiences. Lillianna is passionate about improving the diversity and inclusivity of students in underrepresented careers and colleges.