Lais Martinez, College Access Manager at StepUpUtah

Hey! My name is Lais Martinez and I am the new College Access Coordinator for StepUP.

I am passionate about making applying and getting to college easier for all Utah students. When I am not talking with students about getting ready for college, you can find me, watching my favorite movies on repeat (Selena, Stand & Deliver), climbing a mountain with my two adorable kids, gozando (dancing and loving life), or cooking a plate of the best nachos you’ve ever had.

I am a proud east coast Latina implant and as such, my past work includes using hip-hop and spoken word to create presentations as an Admission Counselor for UVU and USU-Eastern on college readiness for LIA, POP, Gear UP and AVID classrooms. I graduated with a BS in Sociology from UVU in 2014 and am currently completing a M.Ed. in Education, Culture & Society at the University of Utah.

Feel free to email me to say hi or ask questions about the college application process at It is never too early to reach out!