Leticia Tomas Bustillos

Fellow for Innovation and Change
Associate Director of the Education Policy Project, National Council of La Raza

Dr. Leticia Tomas Bustillos is Associate Director of the Education Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza and has over 15 years’ experience working across the K-20 education pipeline.  Bustillos is also President and CEO of the Bustillos Sherwin Group, an education consulting firm specializing in issues of college and career readiness, K-16 alignment and partnerships, student support services, and college completion.

As Co-Director of the Policy Research on Preparation, Access and Remedial Education (PRePARE) project at the University of Massachusetts Boston, she engaged in education research that examined developmental education policies and practices on a national scale.  As an integral partner of the Getting Past Go initiative with the Education Commission of the States, the project analyzed policies and data on developmental education to provide a clearer picture of state and system approaches to remedial and developmental studies.  Most recently, Bustillos consulted on the MSI-Models of Success Initiative, a three-year initiative lead by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) to elevate the presence and relevance of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) as an important and unique sector within higher education.  More specifically, she worked with two universities and their community college partners to develop and refine plans for developmental education. Bustillos is the author of articles, book chapters, and blog entries and is in the process of authoring two forthcoming books on critical action research and developmental education.  She is a mentor with the College Bound Today program within the Montebello Unified School District and is a board member of Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County. She is a graduate of Columbia University (A.B.), Whittier College (M.A.) and the University of Southern California (Ph.D.).

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