Part-Time Quantitative Researcher
Since Rhina joined The Education Trust-West, she has supported the organization’s data research and analysis in the areas of K-12 and higher education. Rhina’s work in education began as a paraprofessional for students with special needs in the New York City Department of Education. Most recently, she was a bilingual-special education math and science teacher and after-school program instructor. Currently, Rhina is a Master’s in Public Policy candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, where she is honing her policy and quantitative research skills with a focus in education. She is interested in using data to advocate for equitable policies that make high quality educational opportunities accessible to Black and Brown students. A New York City native, Rhina received her B.A. Childhood Bilingual Education from the City University of New York-Brooklyn College.
“Working in education is personal for me. As a first-generation Latina from New York City, I have first-hand knowledge of the consequences of inequalities in education. While it has been a challenging experience, education has given me access to opportunities that allowed me to be who and where I am today. My own experience and expertise is what motivates me to ensure that data analysis is centered around equitable access for low-income and students of color.”