Exploration of college opportunity programs for expanding access to American higher education. Understanding the implications of financial aid, opportunity support programs, achievement gaps, policies, and advocacy.
Credit not allowed for EDHE 655 and EDHE 680A1
Oscar has served as Assistant Professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Masters Program since 2005. In December of 2018, Oscar retired from his administrative role as Associate Vice President for Diversity, where he helped develop inclusive learning and working environments where everyone is welcomed, valued and affirmed. Previously, Oscar worked for 27 years in TRIO/College Access & Success programs that focused on creating successful pathways to college for first generation, low-income students.
In the SAHE program, Oscar teaches Ethics, Global Perspectives on Student Affairs & Services, and two courses in the College Access and Success Graduate Certificate Program, including Foundations in Access and Success. As Chair of the Board of Director for the Council for Opportunity in Education, the national association representing college access and success professional and the Federal TRIO Programs, Oscar provided leadership in the development of the first-ever College Access and Success Graduate Certificate Program offered through Colorado State University. Oscar has previously served as Director of NASPA's International Symposium, and faculty for the NASPA International Student Services Institute in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Oscar’s family immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old. Growing up in San Diego, Oscar earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from U.S. International University as a first-generation student. While working at CSU, he earned his Masters in SAHE and Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. Oscar served as Dean of Student Life for the Spring 2019 Semester At Sea voyage, and is currently working part-time on temporary assignment at El Centro, a cultural center at CSU focusing support on Latinx students.