Samuel Santos Jr.

Samuel Santos Jr. [he/him/his], is a first year doctoral student in UC Berkeley’s educational doctorate, Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD). He is a student affairs practitioner with more than 15 years of leadership experience in post-secondary educational settings. Passionate about equity, access, and the joy of supporting adult learners, Samuel has held a wide array of leadership roles in student services spanning both two and four year colleges. He currently works in the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of California, Berkeley as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement.

His current research interests include 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