Ruby Hernandez


Lifetime learner. Evidence-based applied researcher. Functional introvert. Team player. Fantasy/sci-fi book enthusiast.

Ruby Hernandez (she/her/ella) is a Researcher at Third Plateau. She was born and raised in California’s Central Valley as the daughter of working-class Mexican immigrants. She has since dedicated her career and research skills to understanding and addressing issues to improve community well-being. She has previous experience designing, collecting, and analyzing original research projects seeking to understand and improve perceptions of Latinx students’ educational success and resilience. Some of this work included ethnographic work in an alternative high school and mixed method research exploring Latinx male friendship networks within university settings. Due to her academic research on underrepresented communities in higher education, she has collaborated with ethnic resource centers and campus programs, problem-solving ways to improve outcomes for historically underrepresented students. Some of this work included working with resource centers to improve services and programming to underserved communities in higher education such as those who have been system-impacted and experienced adversity while growing up (e.g., foster youth, formerly incarcerated, experienced homelessness). Ruby received her training as a social psychologist and gained her Ph.D. from the University of California,
Santa Cruz.

In her spare time, Ruby is an avid consumer of narratives in various shapes and forms (books, shows, movies, podcasts), but especially gravitates toward world-building fantasy and science fiction where anything is possible. Her favorite form of cardio is dancing and can often be persuaded to karaoke. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with her dog (Oso) and spending time with her partner, friends, and family.