Aurora Kamimura, PhD

Lecturer and Fellow
Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Aurora Kamimura is a Lecturer in Education and Fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity at Washington University in St. Louis. As a fellow, she investigates and supports efforts to enhance faculty diversity across disciplines with a specific focus on STEM areas. As an educational professional, Kamimura has over fifteen years of experience in statewide college access initiatives and multicultural affairs. Most recently, she served as an Associate Dean of Student Services working with students in the K-20 pipeline.

Kamimura is an alumnus of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Her research agenda focuses on broadening access and equity in the P-20/professoriate pathway. More recently, her research looks to identify promising practices for enhancing access and equity in the STEM professoriate. She recently co-authored few book chapters: “’Cuida tu casa y deja la ajena’: Focusing on retention as a self-perpetuating engine for recruiting Latina faculty in STEM” in An Asset-Based Approach to Advancing Latina Students in STEM: Increasing Resilience, Participation, and Success; "The benefits of diversity for innovation in academic research" in Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion; and "Undocumented student access to higher education: Focused efforts at the federal and institutional levels" in Engaged Research and Practice: Higher Education and the Pursuit of the Public Good. Furthermore, her scholarship on strategies for diversifying STEM graduate education can be found in several journal articles.

Kamimura earned a BA in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine; EdM in Administration, Planning and Social Policy at Harvard University; and a MA in Higher Education Management and Organizations, and a PhD in Higher Education and Organization Behavior at the University of Michigan. She is a proud alumnus of the AAHHE Graduate Student Fellowship Program (2016), and served as chair/co-chair of the program for the two following cohorts (2017-2018).