Leticia Tomas Bustillos

Dr. Letecia Tomas Bustillos, Director of Policy Research
The Campaign for College Opportunity

About the Speaker

Leticia Tomas Bustillos, Ph.D. is a first-generation college student and only daughter of immigrants from Mexico. Recognizing that not all students have equitable access to education, she has devoted her professional career to eliminating barriers and improving opportunities for underserved and underrepresented populations. Leticia has two decades of experience working across the P-20 education pipeline, both inside and outside the formal system of education.

Leticia is Director of Policy Research for the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the next generation of Californians has the opportunity to go to college and succeed. Leticia serves on the organization’s management team and is responsible for generating research and analysis that informs the public discourse on higher education and suggests strategies for advancing policy reforms. Previously, Leticia was the Associate Director of the Education Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) where she set the strategic direction for NCLR’s education policy work at the federal and state levels on issues important for Latino students in K–12 and higher education policy.

Leticia is the author of the forthcoming SEF report In Defense of a Pedagogy of Care in Remedial Education (December 2017) and is a co-author of The State of Developmental Education: Higher Education Public Policy Priorities (Palgrave Macmillan). Leticia is a graduate of Columbia University (A.B., 1994) and the University of Southern California (Ph.D., 2007). 

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