Assistant Professor of Higher Education
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
Access and Equity; Diversity; Immigrant Issues; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Legal Issues
The University at Buffalo operates on the unceded ancestral territory of the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy. I am grateful to respectfully work as a guest on these lands with the Native people who occupied this space before us and those who still call this home.
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 U.S. higher education and student affairs include work in Multicultural and LGBT+ Affairs, Residential Life and Housing Services, and Migrant Student Services. In addition to teaching at UB, Dr. Santa-Ramirez has taught for the Philadelphia Freedom Schools, Michigan State University, The University of Texas at Arlington, and Arizona State University.
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, college student activism and resistance, and the various ways race, ethnicity, and im/migration inform the educational experiences of collegians who are Latinx and undocu/DACAmented.
In addition to authoring a host of book chapters, some of his published peer-reviewed 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, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress, Multicultural Perspectives, ACPA Developments, and a forthcoming piece in the Journal of Negro Education.
In recent years, Dr. Santa Ramirez received the Legacy of Leadership honor from West Chester University, was selected as a Fellow for NASPA's Emerging Faculty Leadership Academy, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), and New York University's Faculty First-Look. Furthermore, he is a recipient of the ACPA - College Student Educators International Latinx Network Community Advancement & Service Award. In spring 2022, he will be inducted as 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.