McNair Scholars Program Staff


Beth Schneider

Beth Schneider is the Director of the McNair Scholars Program and Professor of Sociology at UCSB. She is affiliated faculty in the Department of Feminist Studies. Her primary research areas include sexuality and gender studies, political and social movements, and health. Her books include The Social Context of AIDS (with Joan Huber), Women Resisting AIDS: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment (with Nancy Stoller), and The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (with Peter Nardi). She is the lead author of the UCSB report on campus climate for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty. Dr. Schneider served for ten years on the Editorial Board of the international journal Sexualities, for four years as the Editor of Gender & Society, one of the top five journals in gender and women’s studies, and served twice as the chair of the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association. In addition to her work with McNair, Dr. Schneider was the Co-Principal Investigator for NSF grant “Diversity Initiative for Graduate Study in the Social Sciences.” In the local community, she is on the Board of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee.

Yvette Martínez-Vu

Yvette Martínez-Vu is the Assistant Director of the McNair Scholars Program at UCSB. She is an inter-disciplinary scholar with a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies and a BA in English Literature from UCLA. Her research areas include Chicana and Latina feminist performance, devotional images and objects, and intersectionality in motherhood studies. Prior to joining the McNair staff, Dr. Martinez-Vu worked for the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center and Undergraduate Research Center for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, where she advised and mentored recipients of national and international scholarships and fellowships, including the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. She is a recipient of various awards, including the Ford Dissertation Fellowship, IUPLR Mellon Fellowship, a multi-year UC Cota-Robles Fellowship, and the Mellon Mays Fellowship. Dr. Martinez-Vu also has experience providing freelance academic coaching and editing services for undergraduate and graduate students. She is also the co-founder of two activist scholar collectives, the multi-institutional Chicana M(other)work collective and the Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA group.

Raquel Ramos

Raquel Ramos is the Program Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program. Raquel Ramos earned her B.A. in Anthropology with an Education Studies Minor from UCLA. As a first-generation college student, Raquel co-created a "Survival Tips for 1st Generation College Students" workshop and served as a Peer Advisor for the Peer Advising Network. After graduating UCLA, Raquel was selected for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and taught English in Nagasaki. While in Japan, Raquel took every opportunity to explore as much of Asia as possible. Raquel has extensive experience in program management and event planning. Raquel has worked for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians as the Education Program Specialist and her most recent position was as the Graduate Advisor in the English Department at UCSB. Raquel is a voracious reader and can typically be found with a book or listening to an audiobook. Raquel is also passionate about traveling and hopes to one day visit all seven continents.

Ellen Broidy

Ellen Broidy, Writing Consultant, holds a PhD in U.S. History from UC Irvine and an MA in Library Science from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining McNair, Dr. Broidy was the head of the Collections, Research and Instructional Services Department at UCLA's Young Research Library. In addition to her McNair responsibilities, she also teaches a graduate course in Women's Studies at UCLA and provides editorial and research services as well as dissertation coaching.


Graduate Mentors

Madeline Nolan

Madeline Nolan is a PhD student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology working with Dr. Carla D’Antonio studying Plant Community Ecology. Prior to graduate school at UCSB, Madeline received her BS from Ohio State University in Biology and Biochemistry and her MS in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Conservation Ecology from University of Michigan. Her research is focused on native grassland restoration in Southern California and how climate change, especially extreme drought, will impact the distribution, composition and successful restoration of native grassland species. 


Bertin Solis

Bertin Solis is a PhD student in the Department of Education at UCSB with an emphasis in Culture and Development. He earned a BA in Sociology and an MA in Education from UC Santa Barbara. His doctoral research investigates how community college Latinx students develop aspirations for college and careers and how they experience the transition to a four-year public research university. He employs a sociocultural perspective to understand how cultural resources, values, relationships, and challenges operating in students’ lives support or hinder their educational progress. Bertin is also interested in the following topics: academic achievement and motivation, higher education access and completion of historically underrepresented students, mentoring practices, critical pedagogy, and the civic engagement and literacy practices of immigrant populations.