OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Karla Velasco



Children's Research Center
51 Gerty Drive, Room 117
Champaign, IL 61820

Karla Velasco

Research Assistant


Karla Velasco is a doctoral student studying in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership at Illinois, with a focus on global studies in education. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar, a McNair Program graduate, a fellow at the Graduate College, and a teaching assistant at the College of Education. Prior to arriving in Urbana-Champaign, she worked in social-justice-oriented educational summer programs for youth of color. Velasco also worked with a family in Mexico that lost someone to feminicide and provided advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.


  • Doctoral student, Global Studies in Education, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.Ed., Harvard University
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., Latin American and Latino Studies, Depaul University