Denise Castro

UC Merced graduate student Denise Castro
Sociology graduate student

Denise received her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Sociology from UC Merced. As an undergraduate, Denise conducted community engaged research for the Merced Youth Funding Project with fellow undergraduate students, graduate students, and co-directors of the Resource Center for Community Engagement Scholarship (ReCCES) to increase funding for Merced’s youth. The research team described the most acute problems facing Merced’s youth, analyzed investment of youth programs and services in Central Valley cities, and researched best practices and youth programs/services in other cities to create local programs that would fit the community’s needs in Merced. The result of the research was presented to local city council for approval. Denise is currently a second-year sociology graduate student at UC Merced. Denise’s M.A. thesis examines the relationship between perceived racism and self-reported racism-related stress among U.S.-born and foreign-born Latinos/as and Asians in the U.S., and how coping strategies moderate this relationship. Her research interests include health, racism, race and ethnicity, gender, class, intersectionality, and immigration.

Sociology Department Chair
Paul Almeida, Professor
Sociology Graduate Chair
Irenee Beattie, Associate Professor
Sociology Undergraduate Chair
Edward Flores, Associate Professor
Sociology (General)
Sociology (Graduate)
Sociology Mailing Address
University of California, Merced
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Merced, CA 95343
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