Dr. Cecilia Contreras earned a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Management from the "Instituto 18 de Marzo" university in Mexico, an M.Sc.degree in Quality Management from the University of Technology of Compiegne (Sorbonne University) in France, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC).
From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Contreras served as an English Instructor for the Program of Extended Learning at Santa Barbara City College, in Santa Barbara, CA. From 2016 to 2019, she worked as a peer mentor for the First-Islander Scholar Academy (FISA) program in the Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) at TAMU-CC. She is currently an Adjunct Professor for the First-Year Learning Communities program in TAMU-CC and also a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Houston. Her research interests include Latinas' performance in STEM, mentoring and advising in college, and college minority students' persistence.