Renata Horvatek holds an M.A. in philosophy and comparative literature from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. She worked in the position of International Relations Officer at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb for ten years. In that position she did work on international projects, exchange programs, and research. Her research interests include educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, the advocacy role of higher education institutions, and policy implementation for widening participation in higher education. She was a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow at Penn State from 2010-2011. She was professional affiliate at the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington, DC during her Humphrey fellowship (May-June 2011). Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at Penn State University, enrolled in the Educational Theory and Policy doctoral program.