Javier Garcia-Perez

Javier Garcia-Perez is a student in the Social Welfare Ph.D. program. He obtained his BA in Chicana/Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis. He completed his MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a dual MSW/MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). He previously served as the program director for an ExpandED learning program working to achieve educational equity for low-income and marginalized middle school students in New York City. Javier’s research interests include queer Latinx community health, identity-based traumatic stress, and qualitative research methodology. He is a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow, a fellowship for doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds. Currently, he is working on a project surveying MSW students of color in the state of California regarding their experiences of racism in the classroom or in the field and its potential impact on their education. This summer, he will also be working on a systematic literature review on the relationship between discrimination and traumatic stress symptoms within queer youth of color populations, supported by the UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship program.

SELECTED BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

The Collectivist: Volume One, a journal from Penn SP2.

Brenda A. Tully

Brenda A. Tully is a 3rd year Social Welfare PhD student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in New York City and a BA in Speech Communication from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Her research examines the experiences of young adults aging out of the foster care system with specific interest in their transition to housing.  She is currently conducting a qualitative study investigating housing security and insecurity among young adults formerly in foster care funded by the Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Social Justice Award.  Brenda was awarded a 2018 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship to study the association between childhood poly-victimization and young adult housing outcomes among a cohort of former foster youth using secondary data analysis.  Prior to matriculation in the PhD program, Brenda worked as a licensed clinical social worker and researcher in New York City for 20 years.  Her research is informed in part by her experiences at Good Shepherd Services, where she helped launch the Chelsea Foyer, a transitional, supportive housing program for young people aging out of foster care and experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  The Chelsea Foyer is designated an Emerging Approach to addressing homelessness among former foster youth by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.