• Enrique Alemán, Jr., Ph.D., is the Lillian Radford Professor in Education at Trinity University. He directs the Trinity Tomorrow’s Leaders Program and co-directs the Center for Educational Leadership. While at the University of Utah, Dr. Alemán co-founded and co-directed a university-community partnership for ten years, and served as assistant vice president for student equity and diversity. He served as department chair and professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio for five years. A first-generation college student, Dr. Alemán’s research agenda includes studying how race and racism impacts educational policy and shapes the experiences of Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x students and families.

    • Ph.D. - University of Texas at Austin
    • M.P.A. - Columbia University
    • B.A. - St. Mary’s University


    Delgado Bernal, D. and Alemán, E., Jr. (2017). "Transforming educational pathways for Chicana/o students: A critical race feminista praxis." New York: Teachers College Press.


    Alemán, S. M., Bahena, S., & Alemán, E., Jr. (2019). Remapping the Latina/o and Chicana/o pipeline: A critical race analysis of educational inequity in Texas. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.

    Horsford, S. D., Alemán, E., Jr., & Smith, P. (2019). "Our separate struggles really one: Building political race coalitions for educational justice." Leadership and Policy in Schools, 18(2), 226-236.

    Oliva, N., & Alemán, E., Jr. (2019)." A muxerista politics of education: Latina mother leaders enacting educational leadership and policy advocacy". Educational Policy, 33(1), 67-87.


    The utility of affirmative action for Latina/os: Toward a new model of policy and accíon.”,  Co-Author Enrique Alemán Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) Journal Special Invited Issue 2015 Volume 9, Issue 1 ISSN 2377-9187

    • Critical Race Theory in Education
    • Social Justice Leadership
    • Educational Policy
    • Educational Leadership
    • Educational Policy
    • Community Engagement
    • 2019-2020 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Fellow Presidential Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo
    • 2010-2011 Ford Foundation/National Academy of Sciences, Postdoctoral Fellow (Host Institution: UCLA, Senior Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel G. Solórzano)
    • 2012 Utah Council of La Raza (UCLR), César Chávez Peace and Justice Award
    • 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA), Paulo Freire Critical Pedagogy SIG Award

    As co-founder and director of both the Westside Pathways Project and the Adelante Partnership, he led efforts to develop and implement college awareness and expectation programs for historically underrepresented students and communities in west Salt Lake City.

    Perhaps his most rewarding work thus far in his career, Dr. Alemán and his colleague, Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal, created these two partnerships as a way to institute the expectation of college attendance and success starting with students in kindergarten. Visiting the university and pairing up young students with university students who served as their mentors in their classroom throughout the academic year, the partnership programs integrated higher education awareness into the school experience and personal lives of its participants, valued the rich cultural and language diversity that students bring to the schooling environment, and supported their school’s efforts to promote college awareness and the idea that every child has the potential to attend and succeed in college.

    The partnerships have been awarded the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Education Award in 2007, the Utah Association of Bilingual Education, Community Member of the Year Award in 2006, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Paulo Freire Critical Pedagogy SIG Award in 2011, and the Utah Council of La Raza, César Chávez Peace and Justice Award in 2012.