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Ph.D. Candidate, Higher Education Ph.D. Program
2020-2021 University and Louis Bevier Fellow
Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Roberto C. Orozco is a first-generation PhD candidate in the Higher Education Program at Rutgers University–New Brunswick from Sioux City, Iowa. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Iowa State University. He then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University. After obtaining his master’s degree, he became the Director of the Center for Social Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he oversaw and directed co-curricular student programming and social justice education. He was also an adjunct faculty in the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department where he taught Women’s Studies Courses. Currently, he is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies where he teaches Introduction to Latinx/a/o Studies, Latinx/a/o Student Activism in the U.S., and Latinx/a/o Gender and Sexuality. He is also a Rutgers University and Louis Bevier Fellow as he works on completing his dissertation titled, Aquí Entre Nos: Examining the Identity Development of Queer Latinx/a/o College Student Activists.

Research Area: Roberto’s research examines the identity development of queer Latinx/a/o college student activists in higher education. His dissertation is both a project of remembering the ways queer Latinx/a/o people build kinships as a liberatory praxis and an assertion of working to materialize a future of possibilities for queer Latinx/a/o people in higher education. His work is at the intersections of Jotería Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Chicana Feminism.

Fun Fact: Although he grew up in Iowa, his favorite place is by the beach, preferably those with warm waters!