Michael Martinez, a fourth year doctoral student in counseling psychology, has been awarded a scholarship for 2009-2010 from Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, with funding provided through the Milwaukee Brewer’s Charities.
Originally from San Diego, CA, Michael spent four years teaching fourth grade in urban San Diego. His work with children from Mexican, Vietnamese, and African-immigrant families inspired him to focus more intently on his professional goals. He moved to Milwaukee and earned his master’s degree in counseling from Marquette. Upon graduation, he decided to continue on for his doctorate. Michael’s research interests include race relations in schools, multicultural climate in schools, school counselor multicultural competencyand advancing Latino educational attainment.
“My experiences have taught me that race or ethnicity encompass more than appearance and a last name,” Michael said, “By earning my doctorate in counseling psychology, I hope to give myself the chance to contribute to the community through both real-life, clinical connections as well as scholarly research. “
Michael is currently finishing up his practicum and making preliminary plans for his dissertation, which will focus on intra-ethnic conflict among Latino students in schools. Michael is married and has twin boys who turned two in early September.