Armando Lizarraga is a native of Inglewood, California, and a current doctoral student in the program of higher education leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a graduate research assistant for Project MALES. As a community college alumnus himself, he will continue to challenge institutional barriers and find solutions to better serve community college students, specifically Latino males. Armandos research interest includes community colleges, fem/mentorship programs, student support services, Latino males in higher education, and postsecondary education programs in correctional facilities.
Prior to attending The University of Texas at Austin, he was a research assistant at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. He focused on projects related to student support services and advising; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and efforts to maintain and improve the quality and equity of community colleges. Armando also was a TASC (High School Equivalency) math instructor for adult learners in Harlem, New York. He was a peer mentor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Community College Partnerships, the same program that mentored him prior to transferring to UCLA. In his role, he provided academic support to underrepresented community college students with course planning and the transfer application process.
Armando earned an Associate of Arts in general studies from El Camino College, a Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o studies and sociology from UCLA, and his Master of Arts in higher and postsecondary education from Teachers College, Columbia University.