B.S. Sociology, Summa Cum Laude, Linfield College, 2014
Criminology, Recidivism, Gender, Life Course, Higher Education, STEM, Evaluation Research, and Research Methods
My current interests are broadly focused on re-entry and the life course, collateral consequences of incarceration, post-secondary education of formerly incarcerated individuals, the welfare state, and the ways in which inequalities persist to affect successful re-entry of individuals who are survivors of intimate partner violence.
Gina Castillo graduated with a B.S. in Sociology and a minor in Computer Science from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. As a Ford Family Foundation Scholar, she began Kernel of Hope, a program that educates on both the dangers and safety found in technology for survivors of abuse/stalking, and that offers classes with a non-basic skills approach to confidence training. As a senior, she completed an independent evaluation research project of a peer-run mentorship program for women exiting prison. During her undergraduate tenure, Gina balanced raising twin boys (now 9 years old) with working as a research assistant in the Linfield Center for the Northwest (LCN), and as a mentor to women exiting prison. During her time at the LCN, Gina worked collaboratively with the Director Jeff Peterson, on projects such as: Oral Histories, designing a Sustainability Survey, and several projects surrounding Latino Farmers and their participation in a CSA. Her most recent project was in her role as the administrator of iFOCUS–a pre-orientation Science program at Linfield College, and as a crisis line worker at HOAP in Salem Oregon.