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Dr. Frances Contreras

 Frances Contreras

Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Frances Contreras is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies and Co-Director of the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California San Diego. Prior to her current appointment, Frances was an Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the College of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies. She researches issues of equity and access for Latina/o and underrepresented students in the education pipeline, including the transition between K-12 and higher education, community college transfer, affirmative action in higher education and the role of the public policy arena in ensuring student access and equity across a P-20 continuum. Dr. Contreras received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Educational Administration & Policy Analysis, Master of Education from Harvard University, and B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.

Her most recent book Achieving Equity for Latino Students: Expanding the Pathway to Higher Education through Public Policy (Teachers College Press, 2011) focuses on select policy issues that have inhibited Latino student success, and select levers to alter the path of under investment in Latinos, raise student achievement, increase the number of Latino students transitioning to and completing college in the United States. Frances is also co-author of The Latino Education Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2009) with P. Gandara and her work has been published in leading education journals including the Harvard Educational Review, Educational Policy, Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education, Journal of Advanced Academics, the Encyclopedia for Diversity in Education and the Bilingual Research Journal. She is also the lead researcher for the Latino Edition of the College Completion Agenda for The College Board (September 2011).

Dr. Contreras has served on the Boards of the ACLU of Washington, the Journal of Advanced Academics, and Latino Education Achievement Project, and was a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Achievement Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee in Washington. She currently serves on the PUENTE Board and the Board of the Lupe Contreras Memorial Foundation in California.

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