Evelyn Ambriz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a pragmatic-leaning sociologist of education, and draws from the fields of sociology and education to conceptualize issues of race, power, inequality, and to define organizations. Through her research, she explores the potential for people of color to leverage socially influential formal and informal organizations that reproduce disparate resource allocations by race in order to facilitate social change towards racial equity. Specifically, she focuses on sites historically led by socially privileged groups and whose membership is determined by group consensus. Her dissertation study centers collegiate secret societies and fraternities historically exclusive to White males.
Evelyn brings extensive higher education experience to her scholarship. She is currently the student advisor for members of a senior honor society at Cornell University; and prior to her doctoral studies, she served as the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Development Diversity Initiatives at Cornell University. There, she advised over 100 students who led various culturally-based student organizations, developed educational and cultural programming for students, and led a committee to create and implement a diversity and inclusion curriculum for the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life. She has also advised and supported graduate students to ensure degree completion. Outside of higher education, she has worked as a financial services specialist for a private insurance firm.
On campus, Evelyn is a research assistant and regularly engages in research with scholars around the country. Evelyn holds an MPA with a concentration in social policy and a focus on diversity and inclusion in higher education, a graduate minor in Latina/o studies, and a BS in Sociology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.