Adrián Trinidad
Adrián  Trinidad

Adrián Trinidad

Cohort: 2016

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

University of Southern California
Ph.D. Urban Education Policy (Higher Education concentration)
Expected May 2021

University of Southern California
M.A. Public Policy

University of Southern California
B.A. Sociology


Higher Education

Research Interest

Transfer pathways for racially minoritized community college students

Policy implementation

Organizational change in higher education

Adrián Trinidad

Adrián Trinidad is a Dean’s Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Urban Education Policy program at the Rossier School of Education and research analyst at the USC Center for Urban Education. His research interests are in transfer pathways for racially minoritized community college students, policy implementation of equity policies, and organizational change in higher education. He uses critical and organizational theories to understand how practitioners interpret and implement equity initiatives. As part of the research team with Dr. Estela M. Bensimon at CUE, Adrián helps lead largescale institutes, campus workshops, and long-term partnerships with campuses to facilitate conversations about race in higher education and create change in policy and practices. The topics of these efforts have ranged from achieving equity in faculty hiring and equity-minded teaching, to implementing state policy in race-conscious ways. Prior to USC, he transferred from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Having attended a community college, Adrián is interested in understanding how practitioners can help students break the policy and structural barriers for transfer to a 4-year university. Adrián holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public policy, both from USC.    


Honors and Awards:

2016-2020        USC Ph.D. Dean’s Assistantship Fellowship

2016                 USC Student Recognition Award – The Order of Areté

2016                 USC Latino Alumni Association Hubbard Award Finalist

2015                 USC Fall Provost’s Research Fellowship

2015                 USC Alumni Association SCion Scholars Award

2015                 USC Student Opportunities for Academic Research Summer Award

2015                 USC Certificate of High Achievement for the Sociology Honors Program, University of Southern California

2015                 USC McNair/Gateway Scholars Research Program Scholars Award

2014                 USC Latino Alumni Association Scholars Award

2014                 TELACU Foundation Student Success Program Award

2014                 Research/Travel Grant, HSBC Fellowship

2014                 USC Summer Undergraduate Research Fund Award

2013                 USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund Scholars Award

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