Oswaldo Rosales, Class of 2015

Oswaldo Rosales was born and raised in San Diego’s Barrio Logan. After dropping out of high school at the age of 15, he became a graffiti artist and eventually, a more traditional exhibiting artist. He exhibited his neo-expressionist, urban art work throughout the US. After working as an exhibiting artist and then a carpenter, Oswaldo decided to return to school to earn a GED and pursue a college education. He earned an associate degree in anthropology with high honors from San Diego City College and worked there as a researcher of classroom dynamics before transferring to Cal.


Upon arriving at Cal, Oswaldo pursued his undergraduate degree in psychology with specializations in clinical and social psychology. He conducted research as a member of a social psychology lab at the Institute of Personality and Social Research on inequality, awe, ethics and other social factors. After graduating from Cal with high honors in 2015, he worked as a writing tutor and mentor at San Diego City College and as a research assistant for a lab at the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health on several National Institute of Health (NIH) studies exploring health disparities and related psychological factors in Latina/os .


Oswaldo currently lives in San Diego and is preparing for graduate programs in social and quantitative psychology. He plans to pursue a doctorate degree and focus his research on cognitive and philosophical differences across cultures and their implications in the educational sector and other key social domains.

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