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Salinas Jr., Ph.D.

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Cristóbal Salinas Jr., Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology Department at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education. Prior to this, Dr. Salinas served as the multicultural liaison officer of Iowa State University’s College of Design, where he provided assistance and guidance in understanding issues of diversity at the college, university, and beyond. He holds a B.A. in Spanish Education and ESL from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Ph.D. in Higher Education, both from Iowa State University.

Dr. Salinas migrated from Mexico to the U.S. during middle school, forcing him to adapt to a new culture all while learning a new language. These experiences provided him with an awareness and understanding of the challenges that many multicultural students face within education. It is from these experiences that he frames his teaching and research interests. His research promotes access and equality in higher education and explores the social and political context of education opportunities for historically marginalized communities. His research reflects the lived experiences of, and is partnership with, historically marginalized communities that are oppressed at the institutional, cultural, and individual levels.  At the institutional level he studies community colleges and its communities of people; at the cultural level he explores hazing and the power language; and at the individual level he focuses on the experiences of men of color in educational settings.

Dr. Salinas is the Founding and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (JCSCORE) published in partnership with the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). He has published over 22 peer-reviewed articles, co-edited 5 books, and over 27 book chapters, and has received over 25 international and national awards for his service and commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. His research has been featured in CNN, NPR, and Good Morning America.  Please visit Research to view Dr. Salinas’ CV.


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