Born in Mexico, Paulina is a first-generation immigrant and was the first in her family to attend college as a traditional-aged college student. Because of her love of culture and languages, Paulina earned her BA from Texas A&M University in International Studies with a focus in arts and culture and minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and Italian. As an undergraduate, she served as a writing consultant for the writing center, a peer mentor for freshmen and first-generation students, a teaching assistant for her language courses, and a writing fellow for psychology and education courses. Her experience working with college students to develop and improve their academic skills led her to pursue a career in higher education. Paulina also has a M.Ed. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs and has been with UNT Dallas since 2013. She is dedicated to providing supportive and student-centered services that help students achieve their academic success and develop a strong sense of identity, leadership, and cultural sensitivity and awareness so that they can become responsible global citizens who make a difference in their communities.