Denisa is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a William T. Grant Scholar, a Ford Foundation Fellow, a McNair Scholar, and a Head Start alumnus. Denisa’s research examines the development of higher education policy decisions and the effects of these decisions on students who have been excluded from and underserved in higher education. Denisa graduated as a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate from The University of Texas at Austin and earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.


We asked, Denisa Gándara answered:


🇯🇵 Where is the best destination you’ve ever been?


It’s hard to pick just one! I would probably say Japan, even though I only spent a couple of days there. It felt so orderly, and I’ve never felt as much peace as I did when I was there. 


A close second would be Cartagena for very different reasons. It was such a colorful, lively, energetic place!


🦸🏻‍♂️  If you could have a superpower, what would it be… and what would your superhero name be?


I’m recovering from a cold, so the first thing that comes to mind is avoiding all illnesses! My superhero name would be Doctor Resistant.


🩰  If you had chosen another path in life, what might you be doing now?

If I had chosen another path in life, I would probably be a professional ballerina now.

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