Former CJTC Staff
Graduate Student Researcher
Shirley Truong was a Graduate Student Researcher at the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community. She is a PhD candidate in social psychology at UCSC. Her research focuses on issues related to poverty and race, class, and gender-based discrimination. Currently, Shirley is studying homeless families' experiences with social services and service providers, and barriers to safe, stable housing. She is also interested in how mainstream U.S. media frames class and race. She recently contributed to the Report of the Task Force on Resources for Inclusion of Social Class in Psychology Curricula (2008).
In 2004, she earned her master's degree from San Francisco State University in social psychology. Her master's thesis examined ethnic minority women's perceptions of race and gender discrimination in a university setting. While living in San Francisco, Shirley volunteered at Larkin Street Youth Services, working with homeless youth in the city. She provided staff support at the youth shelter and drop-in centers, and spent time as an outreach worker. Currently, she volunteers at a progressive community farm in Santa Cruz that provides homeless women and men with job training and support services. Shirley is also the Graduate Student Director of Diversity Project 2000 and Beyond (DP2kB), a national leadership and mentoring program for ethnic minority honor students from community colleges.
Shirley began working at the CJTC in the summer of 2008 and participated in research on families' pathways into and out of homelessness, the Homeless Garden Project program evaluation, the Digital Bridge Academy program evaluations, and provided CJTC website maintenance.