Stephanie Lechuga Peña is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). She received her BA in Sociology and Human Services from the Metropolitan Sate University of Denver in 2002, and her MSW from GSSW in 2005 with a High-Risk Youth Concentration. She is a current fellow with the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program, which provides professional development training, mentorship, and other supports to racial/ethnic minority social work doctoral students who are preparing to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organizations serving underrepresented and underserved persons. Prior to entering the PhD program she was a Site Director with The Bridge Project through GSSW. She has over 15 years of experience in social work practice, working with low-income youth and families. Stephanie's research interests include barriers and facilitators to education among youth and parental engagement in subsidized housing neighborhoods.