Samuel Santos Jr.

Samuel Santos Jr. [he/him/his], began his journey in UC Berkeley’s educational doctorate, Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD), in 2021.

He is a student affairs practitioner with nearly two decades of experience in post-secondary settings. Passionate about equity, access, and the joy of supporting adult learners, Samuel has held a wide array of leadership roles in student affairs and services spanning both two and four year colleges, including: the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, Santa Barbara, City College of San Francisco, the University of Houston Downtown, and the University of California, Berkeley.

He currently works as Associate Vice Provost for Inclusion, Community, and Integrative Learning at Stanford University.

His research interests include both diversifying college leadership and understanding how historically excluded collegians persist, disrupt and thrive through the lens of race, class, gender, dis/ability and LGBTQ+ status as intersecting categories of identity, oppression and resistance.

Samuel is from San Antonio, Texas, a first-generation college student, and a proud product of the community college system.

Specializations and Interests

1.) Higher Education Access and Persistence 2.) Queer & Trans Collegians 3.) Race & Education 4.) School Governance & Leadership

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MA, Community Based Block (CBB), Multicultural Community Counseling, San Diego State University
BA, Mexican American Studies, University of Texas San Antonio