Cynthia Diana Villarreal
Cynthia Diana Villarreal

Cynthia Diana Villarreal

Cohort: 2015

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

B.A. Anthropology & English, Texas Tech University
M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, The University of Texas at San Antonio


Higher Education

Research Interest

Racial Equity in Higher Education

Organizational culture and change  

College administration & faculty

Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Educational experiences of Latinx students in higher education 


Cynthia Diana Villarreal

Cynthia D. Villarreal is a doctoral student in Urban Education Policy at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Rossier School of Education and a research assistant at the Center for Urban Education (CUE). Her research interests include equity in education, college access and retention for underrepresented students, and institutional agents in community colleges that help facilitate change. Prior to her doctoral studies, Cynthia was a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher in San Antonio Independent School District and received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Professional Experience:

2015 Graduate Research Intern, Strategic Planning and Assessment, UT San Antonio

2015 Graduate Research Intern, Region 19 Educational Services Center, El Paso, TX

2013-2015 Education Coordinator, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX

2013-2015 Graduate Assistant, McNair Scholars, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, UT San Antonio

2010-2013 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, San Antonio, TX

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