Evelyn Ambriz is a doctoral candidate and research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. In her research, she draws from frameworks in sociology and employs qualitative methods to investigate how organizational actors work within constrained and racialized systems of higher education to promote equitable access to capital for students and alumni. In her dissertation, she focuses on meso-level organizations historically led by socially privileged groups and whose membership is determined by group consensus - collegiate secret societies and fraternities historically exclusive to White males - and how they contribute to micro-level ideologies and macro-level social reproduction.
Her research has been published in American Educational Research Journal and Administrative Theory & Praxis. She holds an MPA in social policy and a BS in sociology from Cornell University, where she served as the assistant dean of students for student development diversity initiatives.
Evelyn brings extensive higher education experience to her scholarship. She is currently the advisor for student members of a senior honor society at Cornell University. 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 that created and implemented a diversity and inclusion curriculum for all Greek-letter organizations at Cornell. 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.