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Updated: Jul 1, 2021

In 2019, I was invited to write a Scholarly Paper about the term Latinx, which was presented at the 14th annual national conference of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) in Costa Mesa, California, February 28 – March 2, 2019. The 2019 conference theme was “Civil Rights & the LatinX Community: Our Social, Economic, and Educational Future". My paper was presented during one of the conference concurrent sessions.

Since the publication of this paper, I been quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, CNN Español, and I been interviewed by NPR among other Podcasts. Also, I have given over 30 lectures at various colleges and universities, conferences and organizations.

Abstract: The usage of term Latinx has gained popularity in higher education settings. This study documents how 34 Latinx/a/o students relate to, identify with, and understand the term Latinx. Participants perceive higher education as a privileged space where they use the term Latinx. Once they return to their communities, they do not use the term. Due to the variations in understandings of the term, the author contends that one should consider using the term Latin*.

To Read more about my work on the term Latinx.

#Latinx #Latina #Latino #Research

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Updated: Aug 21, 2021

May 11, 2016

This talk provides insight to a personal experience of realities faced in the transition from Mexico to the United States. It highlights opportunities to advocate for social justice issues on a personal level. This talk is based on research and personal example.

Dr. Cristobal Salinas is the Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University. He previously served as the College of Design’s multicultural liaison officer at Iowa State University, where he provided assistance and guidance in understanding issues of diversity in the college setting and beyond. He holds a B.A. in Spanish Education and ESL from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education, both from Iowa State University. He coauthored Iowa’s Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment. Cristobal is the co-founder and Managing Editor for the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. His research promotes access and quality in higher education, and explores the social, political, and economic context of education opportunities for historically marginalized communities, with an emphasis on Latino/a communities.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

#TEDx #TedTalk #Latino #Research #SocialJustice #Mexico

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Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Check out one of our newest research papers written by FAU doctoral students and faculty members of my research team.

As higher education continues to experience a shift in demographics commiserate with the United States population, colleges and universities are making more concerted efforts to recruit men of color as staff, administrators, and faculty to reflect their diversified student bodies. One way to retain men of color staff members is to provide mentoring programs. While there are authors who are examining the benefits of mentoring, there has been little research into how men of color staff members of community college experience mentoring as a mentee and as a mentor. In this study we sought to understand how do men of color experience mentoring, both as mentor to undergraduate men of color and as staff mentees at a community college. The findings of our study include three common themes: investments made by mentors, investing in mentees, and support from administration.

#DoctoralStudents #Research #FAU #Latino

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