Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar brings to PACE a focus on studying and working to improve the educational and occupational trajectories of underrepresented and marginalized groups of students (e.g., Latinx, immigrant, low-income, and English language learners). Dr. Rios-Aguilar is an Associate Professor of Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS). She also serves as Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. She is past Director of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. Her research is multidisciplinary and uses a variety of asset-based conceptual frameworks—funds of knowledge, community cultural wealth and the forms of capital—and of statistical approaches—econometric models, multilevel models, spatial analyses, and social network analysis—to study the educational and occupational trajectories of vulnerable students. Dr. Rios-Aguilar obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy from the University of Rochester, her M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester, and her B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Dr. Rios-Aguilar’s research interests include critical quantitative research methods, big data, social media, community colleges, and educational policies.

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