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Miguel Lopez -- November 2010

Miguel Lopez
Higher Education Graduate Fellow
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
School: University of California, Los Angeles
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate, Higher Education and Organizational Change
Placement: U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Originally from Oxnard, CA., Miguel Lopez earned his bachelor's degree in 2004 at UC Santa Barbara. He culminated his college career elected by his peers as student body President--serving as the official UCSB student representative for local, state and federal matters, and exercising his organization and managerial skills.

In 2005, Lopez moved to Los Angeles to pursue his graduate studies at UCLA where he is completing his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change. He has served as a teaching assistant in the Graduate School of Education as well as the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies. His research focus is educational access and equity, individual and interpersonal processes, and organizational behavior. His most recent work has centered on diversity, campus climate, and the experience of underrepresented students and faculty of color at American colleges and universities. At UCLA, Lopez served as President of the Graduate School of Education Student Association, vice chair of the Student Fee Advisory Committee, member of the Education Executive Committee, the Executive Committee of the UC Council on Student Fees, and elected External Vice President of the Graduate Students Association representing over 11,500 graduate and professional students at UCLA.

Miguel has a long history of advocacy and leadership. He continues to work to raise awareness on educational access, equity, affordability, persistence, and degree completion working on these areas with University leadership, local and state elected representatives, and on Capitol Hill. He has been recognized for his efforts and has received several awards and recognitions including the UCLA Academic Senate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Honorable Mention Award; Graduate Student and Undergraduate of the Year, respectively, from his fraternity Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc; University Campus and Community Service Award; Dean of Students Distinguished Achievement Award; and, Award for Research and Creative Studies.

Past Fellow of the Month

Israel Nery - May 2015 Fellow of the Month
Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007