Pronouns: he/him/él

Roots: México

Job Title: Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Community Leadership: LatinxEd, Juntos, Para Los Ninos, El Futuro, TRIO - Upward Bound

Raleigh, NC

Dr. Robert Martinez

Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Robert Martinez is a Latinx researcher who was raised and attended public schools in Los Angeles, had immigrant parents who didn’t graduate high school, and was an underserved/underresourced foster youth. He was also a first generation college graduate who lacked sufficient career and college readiness and access information for postsecondary education throughout his K-14 experience. It is no wonder he takes a historical, cultural, and social perspective when considering how school counselors prepare vulnerable populations to access, afford, and transition into postsecondary opportunities. A commitment to community engagement, social justice, and understanding the perspectives and assets of underrepresented communities is fundamental to his personal beliefs and values as a faculty member within the School of Education at UNC Chapel Hill.