Laura M. Gonzalez

Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department 

Associate Professor
Office: 215 Curry Building

Research Interest

Latino immigrant families, college access, supports and barriers, social cognitive career theory, college student development


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, North Carolina State University
  • M.Ed. in College Counseling, University of Delaware
  • B.A. in Women’s Studies, Colgate University


Dr. Gonzalez is an advocate for educational access for Latino youth from immigrant families in North Carolina.  Her work has shifted from describing the supports and barriers encountered by these families to creating and implementing programs and interventions for them.  Due to her bilingualism, she is well positioned to hear the concerns of Latino parents and conduct outreach activities in their preferred language.  In terms of teaching, Dr. Gonzalez dedicates her time to college counseling/student development and career counseling at the master’s level, and a theories/research course for doctoral students.  She also coordinates the department’s Social Justice Research group.

Link to Dr. Gonzalez’s CV