Adrian Huerta Selected as Visiting Scholar for University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty

Postdoc scholar for HERI will conduct research on poverty and educational outcomes for Latino and other male students of color.

Adrian Huerta (’12, M.A., Higher Education and Organizational Change; ’16, Ph.D., HEOC) has been selected to the Institute for Research on Poverty program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He will be a visiting scholar at the University of Washington’s West Coast Poverty Center in Seattle – a partner institution to the IRP – during the 2017-18 academic year.

Huerta will be working with Alexes Harris (’02, Ph.D., Sociology), a professor of sociology at the University of Washington on a study on the educational and career-related trajectories of Latino male youth. He will receive mentoring on how to convert research to practice for low-income Latino male youth.

“The experiences of boys and young men of color in education is still evolving, and I hope my efforts can provide more context to how Latino youth understand and are supported in their decision making,” says Huerta.

Huerta, whose research focuses on the Latino male high school student experience, was awarded a Minority Dissertation Fellowship in 2015 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for his work on college access for Latino males in urban schools. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on this research and is continuing to conduct research at a community college in California to identify at-risk factors for Latino male students who drop out. In addition, Huerta looks forward to developing action research in the Southwest to conduct research related to poverty and educational outcomes of male youth of color.

Huerta is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA.


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