Psychology Graduate Students

Sylvane Vaccarino
  • Title
    • Graduate Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
    • Writing Program
  • Affiliations Transfer & Re-Entry Services
  • Phone
    (831) 459-1241
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, 201
    • Social Sciences 2, 317
  • Office Hours By appointment; Social Sciences 2 Rm 201
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services

Research Interests

As a PhD student in the Community Psychology Research and Action Team (CPRAT), Sylvane is developing a multi-method portfolio that addresses various educational equity issues that marginalized communities struggle with. His epistemic stance as a critical-social constructionist is informed by his formal education of Liberation theorists (e.g. Ignacio Martin Baró and Paulo Freire) and his experiences with the Chicanx struggle for educational equity. Lately, his collaboration has been with Latinx/Chicanx students ranging from 4th grade to college. Topics of interest include Youth Participatory Action Research and social biography, sense of belonging and counterspaces in college, transfer receptive culture and community college students, learning communities and early STEM education, and others. He currently is a program evaluator and researcher for the Cultivamos Excelencia and S.E.M.I.L.L.A. HSI initiatives. He enjoys balancing between researcher and program evaluator roles in his work. 

His research interests continue to be inspired by the groups he collaborates with including: HSI inititiaves, The Culture and Achievement Lab, Cultivamos Research and Praxis Collab, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL), Maplewood Community Youth Program, and etc. 








Biography, Education and Training

Sylvane is a Chicano Ph.D. student in the Social Psychology department as well as a researcher with three Hispanic Serving Institution initiatives (M.A.P.ACultivamos ExcelenciaS.E.M.I.L.L.A). He is a proud transfer student from San Diego City College and has achieved his bachelors of arts in Psychology at UCSC. While an undergraduate at UCSC, he worked as a peer advisor with Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS) and still enjoys mentoring/unofficially advising students. Now as a graduate student, he collaborates with communities on and off-campus to engage in critical scholarship and activism. If not working on his research, you might find him groovin' to funk music at the roller skating rink or in Watsonville with his Chicanx/Mexika community.