Dr. Yvette Martínez-Vu is a first-gen Xicana mother-scholar who works as an academic coach and consultant. She has over ten years of academic and professional experience coaching, advising, and femtoring undergraduates. Her mission is to demystify higher education and empower first-generation students of color all while leading with compassion, organization, and vulnerability! 

Among her specializations, Dr. Martínez-Vu has experience with the following: monitoring academic and programmatic progress of underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students; designing, implementing, and assessing academic programs to facilitate graduate-school preparation; managing, hiring, training, and supervising full-time staff and graduate students; and grant writing, including federal grants, as well as college level teaching and curriculum development. Her record includes teaching and public speaking for groups of 20-200 people, organizing and participating in 30+ conferences, managing budgets of up to $1.8M, and 12+ prestigious grants and awards.

Dr. Martínez-Vu’s professional journey started in graduate school in 2010 when she landed her first job as a graduate student mentor at the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center. It was through mentoring/femtoring Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows that she uncovered her desire to pursue an academic career where she can help others. 

In 2014, Dr. Martínez-Vu co-founded the Chicana M(other)work Collective, a project informed by the gendered, classes, and racialized experiences of mothers of color in academia. This project has turned into a podcast, blog, and book, The Chicana M(other)work Anthology, published by the University of Arizona Press in 2019. 

She earned her PhD in 2016 and landed a job as a scholarship advisor at the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center, where she helped undergraduates apply for and win national and international merit scholarships. In 2017, she landed the position of Assistant Director for the UCSB McNair Scholars Program where she was promoted to Associate Director and ran the daily operations of the program. 

After finding herself receiving frequent femtorship requests and answering the same questions, Dr. Martínez-Vu was inspired to start her own Grad School Femtoring Podcast. She is now expanding Grad School Femtoring into a larger project that includes digital resources and courses, workshops and retreats, as well as individual and group coaching.