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Maru Gonzalez

Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist



Areas of Expertise

  • Diversity and social justice
  • Youth advocacy
  • School/community collaboration
  • School climate

Maru Gonzalez, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at North Carolina State University. She received her doctorate in student development with a concentration in social justice education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where her research focused on school counselor advocacy with LGBTQ students.Dr. Gonzalez’s work is grounded in social justice education and positive youth development. She is the co-founder of Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). In addition to her efforts domestically, Dr. Gonzalez has collaborated with policy makers, students, and educators in Chile, Peru, Spain, and the Dominican Republic on initiatives aimed at cultivating more respectful and affirming schools in the region. She has also served as a regular guest commentator on CNN and CNN Español and frequently contributes to The Huffington Post. Apart from research and extension, Dr. Gonzalez teaches courses related to family theories and youth development and coordinates the youth leadership graduate certificate.


Gonzalez, M.(2017). Advocacy for and with LGBT students: An examination of high school

           counselor experiences. Professional School Counseling, 20(1a), 38-46.

Gonzalez, M.(2016). Factors that facilitate and impede advocacy for and with LGBT students.

           Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, 3(2), 158-172.

Johnson, C. W., Singh, A.A., & Gonzalez, M.(2014). “It’s complicated”: Collective

memories of transgender, queer, and questioning youth in high school. Journal of Homosexuality, 61(3), 419-434.

Gonzalez, M. & McNulty, S.J. (2011). Achieving competence with transgender youth: School

           counselors as collaborative advocates.  Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 4(3-4),