Sonia Bettez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, speaks Spanish and English and blends Latino and U.S. cultures. Sonia graduated from the University of New Mexico with a PhD in Sociology. Her research interests span health equity/justice and Latino immigration policies. Sonia is committed to bridging academic knowledge and policy to improve the lives of underrepresented populations. At the UNM Evaluation Lab for the past five years, Sonia has worked with several nonprofit organizations, mentored students and contributed to the creation of the Summer Institute, where nonprofit organizations learn the fundamentals of program evaluation.