As an undergraduate Veronica Pecero participated in the Longhorn Link Program (LLP), part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. The program spelled success for Pecero and helped her focus on what she wanted to do beyond graduation. She is now working on a master’s degree in Educational Administration with an eye on a PhD and leading a university retention program in the future.
As a graduate assistant Pecero helps current Longhorn Link students navigate their UT Austin experience. She also assists McNair Scholars with their graduate school applications, finding summer research projects and publishing journal articles.
Pecero loves being able to help students. “All of our students are either first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented and all the services that are offered really make a difference in their adjustment to college and guide them to graduation and beyond,” said Pecero. “It is great to see them find their place on campus and hear about all of the amazing things they are offered.”
Dr. Ge Chen, assistant vice president for academic diversity initiatives, reports that Pecero plays a large role in student success. “Veronica is highly regarded and praised for her dedication, hard work, and regular delivery of exceptional outcomes. She has played such an instrumental role in our programs and is such an indispensable employee. I hear praises of her work and impact almost everyday,” said Chen.
Pecero has just been accepted into the doctoral program at The Ohio State University. She hasn’t committed to becoming a Buckeye, though as she is waiting to hear from other programs before making a decision about where to work on her doctorate. Wherever she goes, we know Percero will continue her excellent work, making UT Austin proud.