Edgar Fidel Lopez
Edgar Fidel Lopez

Edgar Fidel Lopez

Cohort: 2019

Gates Millennium Scholar

University of Texas at Austin (UT)
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
B.A. in Political Science
B.A. in Chicana/o Studies

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Higher Education

Research Interest

Campus Climate & Imposter Syndrome

First-Generation College Students

Mentoring Relationships and Academic Socialization in Graduate Education

Latinos in Higher Education

Urban Education & Poverty

Race, Class, and Gender Inequalities

Edgar Fidel Lopez

Edgar is a Ph.D. student in the Urban Education Policy program at the USC Rossier School of Education and Research Associate at the Pullias Center for Higher Education.

He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a 2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient. He obtained two Bachelor degrees and completed a minor in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then completed his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, he worked as a Site Coordinator for Project Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (MALES) and as the Program Coordinator for the College Assistance Migrant Program at St. Edward's University.

His research interests centers on (1) investigating the various layers of structural inequality on first-generation/low-income college students and students of color, (2) exploring the faculty-student mentoring relationships, (3) examining academic socialization in graduate education, and (4) identifying how students of color persist in a negative campus climate. 

Edgar has dedicated his entire educational career to the mentoring students. Feel free to contact Edgar by email at Eflopez@usc.edu for any questions.


Professional Experience:

Program Coordinator,                   2018 – 2019               
College Assistance Migrant Program
St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas

Site Coordinator,                            2017 – 2019
Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success)
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Substitute Teacher,                        2017 – 2019
Inglewood Unified School District, Inglewood, California

Lead Tutor,                                        2016 – 2017
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program
Inglewood Unified School District, Inglewood, California

Supervisor,                                        2013 – 2017
Housing & Hospitality Services
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

College Advisor,                              2012 – 2016
Early Academic Outreach Program
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

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