Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Victor Garcia

An Outstanding Islander

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Sex Therapy

Victor Garcia is exploring research on sex and gender as he prepares for a future career as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) specializing in sex therapy. Garcia, who graduated Summa Cum Laude in spring 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from the University, is now pursuing a master’s in psychology with a clinical emphasis. For his Sociology Capstone class, he surveyed 100 students on campus about their sexual attitudes and behaviors. Additionally, while studying abroad in Istanbul, he surveyed Turkish students on the same topic, presenting his findings this year at the 91st annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSA) in Las Vegas, Nev. His current research, an ethnography of South Texas drag queens, will explore this underground world through a combination of interviews, surveys, observations, and focus groups. Garcia, a member of the ELITE graduate cohort who has earned numerous scholarships including the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Scholarship and Sembradores de Corpus Christi Scholarship, is applying for a grant from the National Science Foundation to expand his research. Also, as president of the University’s Sociology Club, Garcia wants to generate more student interest, so he will revamp the group to become the Social Sciences Organization in fall 2011. Under his leadership, he has led Sociology Club members in various activities. The club sponsored the Social Science Silver Screen, where monthly films highlighting contemporary social issues were shown and discussed. Garcia also acquired funding (from campus sources and fundraising) and arranged for Sociology Club members to attend both the 2010 Southwestern Sociology Association meeting in Houston and the 2011 SSA meeting in Las Vegas. For the past two years, Garcia has worked with several professors in the Social Sciences Department as a grader and now as a departmental assistant. He is the recipient of numerous honors including second place in the 2011 Racial Justice Essay Contest for his paper on latent and overt racial obstacles in contemporary society. In May he visited the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, where he plans to pursue a Ph.D.

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