Vanessa is a Master’s student in the Sociology program at Loyola. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at DePaul University in Chicago and worked in market research for three years before returning to school. Her research interests include Latinx studies, gender and sexuality, and how public policy can alleviate social and economic inequality. In addition to CURL, she is also working with Heartland Alliance’s Policy & Advocacy team on issues surrounding financial justice. Vanessa’s favorite things to do in her spare time are cuddle with her dogs, trying new restaurants, and travel.