Louie Rodríguez
Associate Professor & Associate Dean Undergraduate Education

Higher Ed

  • African American students
  • Demographics
  • Hispanic students
  • Minority students
  • Mobility
  • Urban education
  • Public opinion and advocacy

Louie Rodríguez is an associate professor & associate dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Riverside. Over the last 12 years he has led several research initiatives including The PRAXIS Project, a school/community-based initiative aimed at understanding student engagement and disengagement from the student perspective. From this work he developed a 10-Point Plan and published his second book, “The Time is Now: Understanding and Responding to the Black and Latina/o Dropout Crisis in the U.S.” In particular, he studies students’ voices and experiences in the school and community context; critical ways to understand and use school culture to boost student engagement, particularly among Latina/o and other youth of color; and how to engage educational communities in institutional and community excellence. Specifically, he uses participatory and community-centered methodologies to engage with research. The goal of this work is to shape educational policy and practice at the local and national levels. He earned his doctorate degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005.