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Chandra Reyna Vita


Ph.D. Candidate, Instructor, and Education Specialist


Expected 2023 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park


More than a Monolith: Later-generation Latinx Motherwork and Motherhood Ideologies
Committee: Dawn M. Dow, Rashawn Ray, Mónica Caudillo, Philip Cohen
Exams: Social Psychology, Critical Race Theory

2019 M.A., Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park
2017 B.S., Sociology, Boise State University
2017 B.S., Psychology, Boise State University
2017 B.A., Ethnic Studies, Boise State University


2021–present Education Specialist, McNair Scholar’s Program, Boise State University
2020–present Adjunct Instructor, Boise State University
2015–2017 Instructional Design Assistant, Boise State University



2021 Forthcoming. Reyna, Chandra. “Divergent Institutional Responses to Racial Justice on Predominantly White College Campuses.” Chapter in Structural Racism and the Root Causes of Prejudice. University of California Press.

Other Public Writing

2020 “Impossible Circumstances for Parents and Grad Students of Color.” Contexts Magazine. Online Blog.
2018 “Tear Gas? This is America.” Contexts Magazine. Online Blog.
2018 Regular contributor. Contexts Magazine.
2017 Reyna, Chandra. “How Far Does Influence Go? Racialized Resistance and University Culture.” Boise State University McNair Scholars Research Journal. 72-81.


Fellowships and Grants


2019–2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ($102,000)


2021 The Graduate School Writing Fellowship, University of Maryland ($1975)
2020 The Graduate School Writing Fellowship, University of Maryland ($2000)
2020 Women’s Empowerment: Data for Gender Equality (WEDGE) Grant,
(Amount TBD), University of Maryland, College Park
2019 The Graduate School Writing Fellowship, University of Maryland ($1000)
2019 Dean’s Research Initiative Grant, University of Maryland ($750)
2018 Sociology Department 2018 Summer Research Grant, University of Maryland ($2,500)
2017 Diversity Supplement Fellowship, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland ($10,000)
2017 Dean’s Fellowship, University of Maryland ($5,000)
2017 Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, University of Maryland ($10,000)
2016 Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Fellowship, Boise State University ($2800)
2016 Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Humberto Fuentes Scholarship, Boise State University ($1190)
2016 Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities Student Achievement Award, Boise State University ($2000)

Honors and Awards

2017 Inclusive Excellence Award, Boise State University President’s Award


Academic Conference Presentations

2019 Reyna, Chandra. Panel. “Blogging Through Multiracial Motherhood: An Analysis of Racial Discourse on Multiracial Mommy Blogs.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY.
2019 Reyna, Chandra. Panel. “Multiracial Mommy Blogging: Multiracial Family Narratives in Online Spaces”. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
2017 Reyna, Chandra. Panel. “Racialized Resistance and University Culture.” Idaho Undergraduate Research Conference. Boise, ID.
2017 Reyna, Chandra. Roundtable. “Racialized Resistance and University Culture.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Portland, OR.
2016 Reyna, Chandra. Poster. “How Far Does Influence Go? Racial Ideology, Anti-racist Action, and University Culture.” National Conference for McNair Scholars. College Park, MD.
Invited Talks
2021 Panel Participant. “Graduate Student Panel.” National Conference for McNair Scholars. College Park, MD. March 2021.
2020 Panel Participant. “Breaking Barriers: Experiences of Latina Mother-Scholars” October 2020.
2020 Panel Participant. “Navigating Grad School at a Predominately White Institution.” Boise State University. October 2020.
2018 Panel Participant. “Graduate Student Panel.” National Conference for McNair Scholars. College Park, MD. March 2019.
2017 Workshop Facilitator. “How to Become Better Mentors for Marginalized Students.” Idaho EPSCoR Mentoring Conference. Boise, Idaho.
2016 Diversity and Identity Workshop Facilitator, Summer Research Community, Boise State University. July 2016.


University of Maryland

2021 Summer SOCY 100: Introduction to Sociology
Teaching Assistant
2018 Fall SOCY 242: Sociology of Homelessness for Dr. Reeve Vanneman
2018 Spring SOCY 200: Human Societies for Dr. John Pease
2017 Fall SOCY 224: Why Are We Still Talking About Race? for Dr. Rashawn Ray

Boise State University

2021 Fall ED-CIFS 406: McNair Junior Seminar
2021 Fall SOC 230: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
2020 Fall SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
Teaching Assistant
2016 Fall SOC 481: Sociology of Gender & Aging for Dr. Rosaura Conley-Estrada
2016 Spring SOC 498: Senior Seminar for Dr. Rosaura Conley-Estrada
2015 Fall SOC 230: Intro to Ethnic Studies for Dr. Rosaura Conley-Estrada
Other Teaching Roles
2017 Sumer Academic Mentor, Leadership, Upward Bound Summer Program
2017 Sumer Academic Mentor, Service Learning, Upward Bound Summer Program
2015 Sumer Workshop Coordinator, ISLE 397: Other Voices, Alternative Imaginations


2020–present Research Assistant for Black Onyx Management, Inc.
2016–2017 Research Assistant for Dr. Rosaura Conley-Estrada, Boise State University
2015–2017 McNair Research Fellow, McNair Scholar’s Program, Boise State University



2020–current ASA Latino/a Section, Student Representative (Elected)

NOTAS Newsletter Co-Editor

Co-organized the Latino/a Section Graduate Student Emergency Fund
Co-organized the following events:
• Let’s Talk: Election Reflections Graduate Student Discussion, 11/05/2020
• Writing for Healing and Joy: Resisting the Traumatic Experience of the Dissertation Process with Dr. Cynthia D. Villarreal, 4/07/2021
• Persisting while Prioritizing with Dr. Angel Jones, 3/26/2021

Department and University

2021-2022 Admissions Committee, Department of Sociology, UMD
2021 Anti-Racist Teaching Workshop Series organizer, Department of Sociology, UMD
2020 Coordinator, Parren Mitchell Symposium “The Continuity of Criminalization: From Schools to Streets to Prisons”, Department of Sociology, UMD
2019 Coordinator, Parren Mitchell Symposium “Critical Perspectives on Family Diversity: Race, Immigration, Sexuality, and the Law”, Department of Sociology, UMD
2018–2019 University Senate Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Committee, UMD
2018–2019 Co-President, Graduate Student Forum, Sociology Department, UMD
2016–2017 Inclusive Excellence Planning Committee, Inclusive Excellence Student Council, Boise State University
2016–2017 Board Member, Childcare Advisory Board, Boise State University
2016 Co-Founder, Students Honoring Active Demarginalization Efforts (SHADES), Boise State University


American Sociological Association
Racial and Ethnic Minorities; Family; Latina/o Sociology; Race, Gender, and Class
Eastern Sociological Association
Pacific Sociological Association