Past LLWs‎ > ‎2011 Participants‎ > ‎

Maricela Oliva

Dr. Maricela Oliva is Associate Professor-designate* of Higher Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Her work focuses on intersecting issues impacting college access for Latino/underrepresented students; namely, policy, race, class, first generation status, and school-university linkages.  As a scholar, she is active in the Association for the Study of Higher Education and in Divisions J (Postsecondary), L (Policy), and the Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group (LSJ-SIG) of the 30,000-member American Educational Research Association.  In those Divisions and SIGs, she has several times served on the national conference planning committees; further, in 2009 she was elected to serve as Council Member At-Large for the 1800-member Division J (Postsecondary).  Dr. Oliva serves on four journal Editorial Boards, has published in numerous journals, and has a book, Leadership for Social Justice: Making Revolutions in Education in 2nd edition.  She is a first generation college student with degrees from Yale (BA 1980), the University of Houston (MA 1987), and the University of Texas-Austin (Ph.D. 1997).  The oldest of nine children of former migrant workers, she grew up along the US-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

*Recommended for promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor effective September 1, 2011.