Laura M. Gonzalez

Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department
Laura Gonzalez headshot

Associate Professor
Office: 476 SOE 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 covers student development theories at both the masters and doctoral levels, equity in higher education, life design, and the effects of college on students. She also coordinates the doctoral program in higher education.

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Link to Dr. Gonzalez’s CV