Gates Millennium Scholar
- College access, persistence, and completion
- Mathematics Education
- Community Colleges
David Velasquez is a first year doctoral student in Urban Education Policy program. He is conducting research with Dr. Tatiana Melguizo. David is interested in removing barriers and improving supports to aid low-income, students of color in persisting through college. This interest guides his research focus on secondary and post-secondary math education, community colleges, and vertical transfer.
Prior to USC, David was a high school mathematics teachers at high schools throughout South Los Angeles. He received his Master's degree in Education with a focus on Urban Teaching and a bilingual authorization (BCLAD) in Spanish from UCLA . He earned a B.A. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and spent time conducting research at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in Washington, D.C.. While there, he analyzed trends among successful transfer of low-income students and students of color from community college to public four year institutions which led him to see the leaks in the mathematics pipeline as opportunities to increase college persistence.