Joy Alcantara Chuquiruna

HELPS Implementation Coach

I was originally born in Lima, Peru, and came to North Carolina when I was seven years old. My dad always prioritized my education and raised me to believe education was the most valuable thing someone could have. It is because of my dad that I continue my path in higher education.

I graduated from NC State University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. During my time at NC State, I became involved in undergraduate research with Dr. John Begeny and learned about the educational inequities in the U.S and became involved as a research assistant with different projects at Helps Education Fund. Upon graduating, I joined NC State’s College Advising Corps and became a college advisor at a high school in Beulaville, North Carolina. Currently, I am pursuing my master’s degree in Educational Research Methodology with a concentration in Program Evaluation. I hope to continue to a Ph.D. program after graduation.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy reading, dancing, and painting.