2022 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stephen Santa-Ramirez .

Dr. Santa-Ramirez will present "Research, Me-search, and everything in-between: Centering Equity, Belongingness, and Humanizing Research."

Stephen Santa-Ramirez, PhD

As a first-generation college graduate with intersectional marginalized identities, Dr. Stephen Santa-Ramirez’s (he/him) personal and professional experiences in higher education have played formative roles in developing his research agenda, which broadly investigates the ideological, historical, and structural inequalities that impact racially minoritized, economically neglected, and migrant communities. More specifically, by employing critical and asset-based frameworks, he centers on campus racial climate, first-generation students of Colors’ transitions and belongingness, college student activism and resistance, and the various ways race, ethnicity, and immigration policies inform the experiences of undocumented collegians. Currently, Dr. Santa-Ramirez is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University at Buffalo. In addition to authoring a host of book chapters, some of his published articles can be located in the Journal of First-generation Student Success, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Further, he has been recognized nationally for his work, including the Legacy of Leadership honor from West Chester University (WCU), the ACPA - College Student Educators International Latinx Network Community Advancement & Service Award, and an ACPA Diamond Honoree, a prestigious honor for professionals who have made and continue to make a tremendous impact in the field of higher education and student affairs. Dr. Santa-Ramirez obtained his B.A. in Communication Studies from WCU, his M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Evaluation from Arizona State University.