Meet Dr. Lazaro Camacho, Jr.




Dr. Camacho (he, him, él) graduated from the Higher Education Leadership Ph.D. program at Florida Atlantic University in Spring 2021. As the Program Coordinator, and Faculty of Practice, for the College Student Personnel program, College of Education and Professional Studies, at the University of Rhode Island, he is responsible for teaching, admissions, academic and career advising, curriculum development, and program assessment. Dr. Camacho’s research critically explores the educational outcomes of men of color and historically marginalized students through a focus on men and masculinities, intersectional socialization, mentorship, and community college-based educational pathways.



You can follow him on

Twitter: @lazcamacho

Instagram: @lazcamcho

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lazaro-camacho-ph-d-71991823/

GoogleScholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Ykk4x2IAAAAJ&hl=en


Favorite Quote: "It's like a sin not to live up to your potential." - Al Morro


What advice would you give other graduate students?

To be a successful grad student, one must strike a balance between finding and nurturing, a community that will support your holistic needs, and the ability to be singularly focused on your work. In finding the compromise between these two spaces, you will find your greatest success.


Dissertation

“We need to have more conversations about masculinity”: A phenomenological exploration of masculinity and the undergraduate experiences of Latino men


This study addresses existing gaps in the literature concerning the undergraduate experiences of Latino men students as examined through an intersectional and masculinities-based lens. Due to a dearth of literature centering on the exclusive study of Latino men in higher education, researchers are challenged to offer a comprehensive understanding of their postsecondary experiences and outcomes. Therefore, the purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand how currently enrolled Latino men undergraduate students make meaning of their undergraduate experiences. Relying on the lived experiences of Latino undergraduate men, this study collected data through three sets of interviews (Seidman, 2013). The examination of data was considered through the Multilevel Model of Intersectionality (Núñez, 2014a), which allowed for the participants’ lived experiences to be examined at multiple levels of intersectionality and centered in social oppression and privilege. The findings center the role of the Latino family, navigating and overcoming pan-ethnic discrimination, and evolved understandings of masculinity. Recommendations include the incorporation of the Latino family into the postsecondary experiences of Latino men, discontinuing the study of Latino masculinities as a homogenous concept, and equity-based institutional policies that center on the intersectional needs of Latino men undergraduate students related to academic and personal success.


Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles


Camacho, L., Salinas, C., Rodriguez, S. Vasquez, M., & Izaguirre, J. (2021). A values based leadership approach to (re)defining Latino manhood and masculinity. International Journal of Leadership in Education. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1862921


Salinas, C., Riley, P., Camacho, L., & Floyd, D. L. (2020). Mentoring experiences and perceptions of Latino male faculty in higher education. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739986319900026


Book and Monograph Chapters


Floyd, D. L., Garcia Falconetti, A., & Camacho, L. (2022). Postsecondary higher education pathways to workforce credential attainment in the USA. In Equity, high skills and productivity through higher level vocational education. Palgrave. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84502-5_9


Camacho, L., Burmicky, J., Cervantes, D., & Salinas, C. (2021). Community college competencies for student educational leadership development and degree pathways. In R. Whitney & J. D. Collins (Eds.). New Directions for Student Leadership: No. 171. Advancing racial equity in leadership education: Centering marginalized institutional contexts (pp. 45– 55). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/yd.20455


Elliott, K., Salinas, C., Torrens, O. D. & Camacho, L. (2018). No role models: The experience of Black and Latino men in a mentoring program at a two-year Hispanic serving institution. In J. McClinton, D. S. B. Mitchell, T. Carr, M. A. Melton, & G. B. Hughes (Eds), Mentoring at Minority Serving Institutions: Theory, design, practice and impact, (pp. 45-62); Information Age Publishing.


Creative and other Scholarship


Salinas, C., Riley, P., Camacho, L. & Floyd, D, & (2021). Mentoring experiences and perceptions of Latino male faculty in higher education. Project MALES, University of Texas Austin. Book Review


Camacho, L., & Salinas, C. (2020). [Review of the book La familia and other secret ingredients to Latinx student success, by Jennifer M. Matos]. Teachers College Record.


Honors and Awards

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), 2022-2023

Emerging Faculty Leadership Academy (Cohort VII)


NASPA - National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 2022

Socioeconomic & Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community Outstanding Professional Award


ACPA – College Student Educators International, 2020

Coalition on Men & Masculinities Outstanding Graduate/New Professional Award


Project Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (MALES), 2019-2020

Graduate Scholars Program



 

As an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology Department at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), I have had the opportunity to develop a curriculum for, and teach undergraduate, master, and doctoral students. In these courses, I foster co-learning environments where students engage in collaborative learning. I draw from critical pedagogy, which challenges students to explore personal and systemic assumptions. In these classes, I seek to provide an education that will allow them to figure out the more complex problems, issues, and dilemmas within the macrosystem they belong to. Part of this process is to help students understand the complexity of higher education and discover the many areas that are understudied. All students can and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on this most complex world. Therefore, I encourage all students to do research, present at conferences and publish their work in academic journals. And I hope that in this blog I can highlight students’ critical thinking and scholarship.


I created this spot in my blog to highlight doctoral students I worked with during their graduate school experience. In particular, in my blog, I highlight postgraduate students for whom I served as a dissertation chair or co-chair.


I believe that it is crucial to highlight their work on this platform as another form of promoting and elevating them and their work and as a simple way of saying THANK YOU for trusting me in your academic journey. So, again, thank you, Dr. Lazaro Camacho, for allowing me to learn with you and from you.


In Spring 2021, Dr. Camacho graduated, and I had the honor to serve as his dissertation co-chair. Dr. Jenny Bloom also served as a co-chair.

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