Higher education access and retention; first- and second-generation immigrant students; first-generation college students; and women in higher education leadership.
Sara Montiel joined the School of Integrative Studies in January of 2018 and serves as the Assistant Director of Student Services. Sara has over 10 years’ experience supporting and encouraging the dreams of university students and is excited to work with Integrative Studies majors. A current doctoral student in Education, specializing in Higher Education, Sara’s areas of interests include: higher education access and retention; academic success and motivation of underrepresented groups; effective academic advising techniques and the academic advising experiencing academic difficulty; first- and second-generation immigrant students; first-generation college students; and women in higher education leadership.
In the rare moments of respite between semesters, Sara enjoys spending time reading fiction, practicing yoga, going for runs and spending quality time with her young son.
B.S. Psychology - Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S. Educational Psychology - George Mason University
PhD Education - George Mason University (Doctoral Candidate)