Roberto C. Orozco, PhD

Presidential Postdoctoral Associate
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Dr. Roberto C. Orozco received his PhD in Higher Education from Rutgers University–New Brunswick along with a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He now serves as a Presidential Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. His research explores questions around race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality with relation to college student activism and student development, queer resistance, and queer worldmaking in and outside of higher education contexts. He grounds his work at the intersection of Jotería Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Chicana Latina Feminisms to examine the identity and socio-political consciousness of queer Latinx/a/o student activists in higher education. He is particularly interested in how queer Latinx/a/o college students engage in forms of resistance that allow for self-development and consciousness raising while building queer kinships and material possibilities rooted in community.

More recently, Dr. Orozco completed his dissertation titled, “Aquí entre nos: Identity and socio-political consciousness development of queer Latinx/a/o college student activists through the Muxerista activist consciousness development framework” specifically collaborating with student activist alumni of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to highlight their own developmental processes as queer Latinx/a/o activists in Las Vegas.