University at Buffalo

Stephen Santa-Ramirez

Stephen Santa-Ramirez

Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Assistant Professor

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY


Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Diversity; Immigrant Issues; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Legal Issues

Contact Information
482 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-5236
srsantar@buffalo.edu


Professional Summary:

Dr. Stephen Santa-Ramirez (he, him, his) is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education within the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. His vast experiences in higher education and student affairs include work in Multicultural and LGBT+ Affairs, Residential Life and Housing Services, and Migrant Student Services.

Dr. Santa Ramirez's personal and professional experiences in higher education – and identity as a scholar-practitioner-activist – have played formative roles in the development of his research agenda, which centers the lives and knowledge of historically marginalized and economically neglected students. By employing critical and asset-based frameworks, his scholarship investigates campus racial climate, first-generation students' sense of belonging, and the various ways race, ethnicity, and im/migration inform Latinx collegians’ educational experiences.

In 2019, Dr. Santa Ramirez received the Legacy of Leadership honor from West Chester University of PA, was selected as a Fellow for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and New York University's Faculty First-Look, and in 2018 he received the ACPA - College Student Educators International Latinx Network Community Advancement & Service Award.

Education and Training:
  • Ph.D., Educational Policy & Evaluation, Arizona State University, College of Education
  • Graduate Certificate, Socio-Economic Justice, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation
  • M.A., Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Communication Studies, West Chester University
Publications:
Journal Article:
  • McGuire, K. M., Sweet, J. D., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (2020, in press). Toward an embodied Black male feminism. Journal of Negro Education.
  • Montelongo, R., Santa-Ramirez, S., Cruze-Silva, K., & Santos Mendoza, G. (2020). Latinx Network Writers Group: Demystifying the writing process for scholar-practitioners. ACPA Developments, 17(2).
  • Santa-Ramirez, S., Wells, T., Sandoval, J., & Koro, M. (2020). Working through first-generation students of Color experiences, university mission, intersectionality, and post-subjectivity. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2020.1783012
  • McTier Jr., T. S., Santa-Ramirez, S., & McGuire, K. M. (2018). A prison to school pipeline: College students with criminal records & their transitions into higher education. The Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress, 1(1), 8-22. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1165398
Book Chapter:
  • Muñoz, S. M., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (2020, forthcoming). Reimagining institutionalized support for undocumented and DACA college students: A critical approach. In A. Moon & R. Johnson (Eds.), Racial Equity on College Campus: Connecting Research to Practice (forthcoming). SUNY Press.
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (2019). “Do I not exist?”: Undocu/DACAmented Latinx student experiences with microaggressions in higher education. In M. Benjamin & J. Jessup-Anger (Eds.), Maybe I Should...: Case Studies on Ethics for Student Affairs Professionals, 2nd edition. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (2018). “Mi familia”: Counterstories of first-generation Latina/x students navigating a racially hostile campus climate. In K. Soria (Ed.), Evaluating campus climate at US research universities: Opportunities for diversity and inclusion (pp. 151-168). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Montelongo, R., Alatorre, H., Hernandez, A., Palencia, J., Plaza, R., Sanchez, D., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (2015). Latina/o students and involvement: Outcomes associated with Latina/o student organizations. In D. Mitchell, Jr., K. Soria, E. Daniele, & J. Gipson (Eds.), Student involvement and academic outcomes: Implications for diverse college student populations (pp. 93-106). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Book Review:
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (2019). Review of mi padre: Mexican immigrant fathers and their children's education, by S. Gallo. Multicultural Perspectives, 21(4), 246-248.
Other:
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (2020). Scholars' corner: Finding the support to make a difference. The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, 30(8), 31.
Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Hall, K., Muñoz, S. M., Salazar, C., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Vigil, D. (forthcoming, November 2020). Moving Beyond Exclusionary Policies: Legal Violence and its Effect on Undocumented College Students. Invited Session Presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (August 2020). Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion in our Everyday Practice. Invited workshop facilitator for the Office of Student Outreach, Delaware County Community College (virtual).;
  • Cruze-Silva, K., Palencia, J., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Torres, M. (July 2019). Doctoral Student Experience Panel. Invited panelist for the ACPA – College Student Educators International Latinx Network Summer Leadership Retreat.;
  • Gaxiola Serrano, T., McGuire, K. M., Muñoz, S. M., Pérez Huber, L., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Teranishi, R. (November 2019). Why Do They Hate Us? How Racist Nativism Shapes Higher Education. Invited session Chair at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, Portland, OR.;
  • González, A., Sanchez, B., Santa-Ramirez, S., Sérráno, B., & Santos Mendoza, G. (October 2019). Making it Happen: Latinx Doctoral Students' Experiences Navigating the Terminal Degree. Invited facilitator and panel moderator for ACPA’s Grad Students & New Professionals CoP webinar.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (August 2019). Inclusive Practices in Student Affairs. Invited workshop facilitator for the West Chester University of PA Residence Life & Housing Services Summer Staff Training.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (February 2020). I belong, you belong, and we matter. Keynote Speaker for the 6th Annual Teachers College Doctoral Council Education Research Conference at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (January 2020). How Student Affairs Impacts Scholarship and Experiences as an Associate Editor. Invited guest lecturer for Western Illinois University’s College Student Personnel course, CSP 598: Theory to Practice II.;
  • Ambroso, E., Ikegwuonu, E., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2019). Research, Publication Process and Conferencing. Invited panelist for Arizona State University Educational Policy & Evaluation Ph.D. course, EAD 691: EPE Research Design.;
  • Lang, A., Lee-Johnson, J., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Teck, V. (November 2018). Demystifying the Research Process for Higher Education Graduate Students. Invited panelist for a webinar hosted by the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA) and NASPA's New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (August 2018). Inclusivity Workshop. Invited presenter at the Arizona State University College of Education Ph.D. Student Orientation, Tempe, AZ.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (July 2018). My Multicultural Self. Invited guest presenter at The University of Texas at San Antonio annual Summer Bridging Institute, San Antonio, TX.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2019). Introduction of the ACPA19 Plenary Session Featured Speaker, Laura Wides-Muñoz, at the ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Boston, MA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (October 2018). Rise of Latinx Students in Higher Education. TV interview by PBS Arizona.;
  • Delmont, M., Demps, D., Marin, C., Powers, J., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Tachine, A. (March 2018). The Racialized History of Education in Arizona: From Segregation to Back Again. Invited co-moderator as part of the Critical Conversations Series at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.;
  • Fajardo, R., Montelongo, R., Reyes, R., Santa-Ramirez, S., Vega, N., & Torres, V. (March 2017). Latin@/x Doctoral and Faculty Experiences in Higher Education. Invited panelist at the ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.;
  • Oropeza-Fujimoto, M., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2016). Encuentro: to encounter, to meet, to find. Dialogue for Practitioners Responding to Racial Realities. Webinar presentation sponsored by the ACPA Latin@/x Network.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2016). Self-care & Salsa! Presentation for Expressions in Leadership Conference, Arlington, TX.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (September 2015). I Am From. Presentation for the Annual Student Leadership Retreat at The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (September 2015). Today’s College Men: Challenges & Successes. Presentation for faculty and staff development training for the Men & Masculinities Series at The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (September 2014). Respecting Differences. Invited speaker presentation at the Annual Student Leadership Retreat at The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (January 2013). Leadership is not a position…the leader is you. Presentation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Conference at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.;
  • Bauer, M., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Yao, C. (October 2011). Choosing a Student Affairs Graduate Program. Invited panelist at the Michigan College Personnel Association Annual Conference, Lansing, MI.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2012). Working with Latino Students in Higher Education. Presentation for Conference Connections at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (February 2011). Change: Threat or Opportunity. Presentation for Student Leadership Conference at West Chester University of PA, West Chester, PA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (October 2010). Risk Management. Invited presenter for Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. National Convention at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2009). The Importance of Student Leaders. Keynote Speaker for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Inductions at West Chester University of PA, West Chester, PA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2009). History of Greek Life. Invited presenter for professional staff development at West Chester University of PA, West Chester, PA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (May 2009). Our Future Leaders. Keynote Speaker for the 2009 Kente Commencement Ceremony at West Chester University of PA, West Chester, PA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (November 2008). The Multicultural Experience. Invited panelist for Multicultural Recruitment Day at West Chester University of PA, West Chester, PA.;
Conferences:
  • Demps, D., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (September 2020). Scholar-Activist Identity: When Scholarship Meets Action. Presentation at the annual Latina/o Communities Conference, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (November 2020). The experiences of Latinx undocu/DACAmented students in an anti-im/migrant sociopolitical climate. Research paper to be presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference.;
  • Amrein-Beardsley, A., Salinas, S., Gong, B., Collins, C., Demps, D., Ikegwuonu, E., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2020). Doctoral Student and Stakeholder Collaborations: An Applied Evaluation of a Large-Scale, Student Teacher Support Program. Research poster at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. (Conference Cancelled - COVID-19).;
  • Bhattacharya, K., Nicolazzo, Z., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Tachine, A. (April 2019). How Can We Better Humanize Our Research Projects? Best Practices on De/colonizing Research with Marginalized Populations. Facilitator, panel moderator and Chair for AERA’s Division J (Postsecondary Education) Fireside Chat session at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.;
  • García-Louis, C., Hinojosa, J. K., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2019). AfroLatinx Higher Education Professionals: Invisibility, Service, and Advocacy. Research paper presentation at NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.;
  • Klein, C., Riffe, K, Santa-Ramirez, S., & Silberstein, S. (April 2019). Demystifying the Publication Process: A Candid Conversation with Editors and Reviewers. Presentation for AERA’s Division J (Postsecondary Education) Graduate Student Council session at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.;
  • McGuire, K. M., Sweet, J., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (November 2019). Towards an Embodied Black Male Feminism. Research paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, Portland, OR.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2019). "I Need Support in All Aspects of My Life": Latinx Ph.D. Students' Experiences with Mentoring. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2020). "We Are In a Constant State of Limbo": An Ethnography with Latinx Undocu/DACAmented Students in Arizona. Roundtable paper at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. (Conference Cancelled - COVID-19).;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2019). It’s Hard Out Here in These Streets: Latinx Ph.D. Students’ Sense of Belonging and Mentorship from Faculty of Color. Research paper presentation at NASPA – Student Affairs Higher Education Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2019). Navigating the Terminal Degree: The Experiences of Latinx Doctoral Students. Presentation at the ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Boston, MA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2019). Sink or Swim: The Mentoring Experiences of Latinx Ph.D. Students with Faculty of Color. Research paper presented at the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Annual Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (November 2019). A Critical Ethnography with Latinx Undocumented Students Residing in Arizona during the Trump Era. Roundtable paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, Portland, OR.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S., Wells, T., Sandoval, J., & Koro, M. (April 2019). Working Through the Notions of First-Generation Students, University Charter, Intersectionality, and Posthuman Subjects. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.;
  • Amrein-Beardsley, A., Collins, C., Demps, D., Gong, B., Ikegwuonu, E., Salinas, S. M., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (December 2018). Making Research Relevant and Useful: An Applied Program Evaluation of a Large-Scale, Student-Teacher Support Process. Research paper presentation at the Arizona Educational Research Organization (AERO) Annual Conference, Tempe, AZ.;
  • Bempechat, J., Jimenez-Silva, M., Miranda, B., Baca, E., Roy, B., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2018). Preparing teachers to engage with families around homework: Preliminary findings from a mixed-method investigation. Paper presented at the International Network of School, Family, and Community Partnerships Annual Conference, New York, NY.;
  • McGuire, K. M, Sweet, J., Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2018). Toward an Embodied Black Male Feminism. Research poster presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, New York, NY.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (April 2018). First-Generation Latina/x Students' Utilization of a Culturally Based Academic Program for Persistence toward Graduation. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, New York, NY.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (June 2018). First Generation Latina/x Students Support Systems for Persistence & Retention. Research poster presentation at the STEM/STEAM in Education Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (May 2018). “I don’t know what I don’t know”: Latinx Ph.D. student experiences with mentorship from faculty of color at a PWI. Research presentation at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.;
  • Briscoe, K., Goodman, M., Jones, Perez, R., S., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Stewart, T. (March 2018). Surviving vs. Thriving as a First-year Minoritized Doctoral Student. Presentation and panelist at ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Houston, TX.;
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2018). From the Margins to Center: First-gen Latina/x Students’ Finding Belonging via a Culturally-Based Academic Program. Research paper presented at ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Houston, TX.;
  • McGuire, K. M, Santa-Ramirez, S., Sweet, J., Bryant-Scott, K., McTier, T., & Ikegwuonu, E. (November 2017). A Pledge of Faithfulness: How Black Christian Fraternity Men Embody Race, Gender and Religious Identities. Research paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, Houston, TX.;
  • Sanchez, D., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2017). Current State of Latin@/x in the U.S.A. and Higher Education. Presentation at the ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.;
  • Pagan, M., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2016). First-generation Latino/a/x Retention & Programming Initiatives. Presentation for ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.;
  • Alatorre, H., Hernandez, A., Palencia, J., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Vega, N. (March 2014). Experiences of Latino Higher Education Professionals. Presentation at the ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.;
  • Jones, S., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2014). Watering the Roots: Moving Beyond Culture as Entertainment on College Campuses. Presentation for the inaugural Pecha Kecha Series at the ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.;
  • Alatorre, H., Montelongo, R., & Santa-Ramirez, S. (March 2013). Outcomes Associated with Latino/a Organizations. Presentation at the ACPA – College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.;
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    Contact Information

    482 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-5236
    srsantar@buffalo.edu