Octaviano Chavarín conducts qualitative research on developmental education reform, faculty learning and engagement, the high-school-to-college transition, and college readiness. The projects he has worked on include: Reshaping the College Transition, Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, Scaling Mathematics Pathways, Scaling CUNY’s ASAP Program at Bronx Community College, and Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement.
Before joining CCRC, Chavarín worked as a research assistant on Core Academic Language Skills for a Harvard faculty member, for Learning Initiatives and Teaching Support in Harvard's academic support office, and for the Curriculum Planning Committee in the Office of the Dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard, Chavarín also worked as a graduate assistant in the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Harvard College, where he assisted Harvard College Diversity Peer Educators in developing programs that aimed to center social justice. Chavarín has also worked as a program assistant for the Boys and Girls Club in Philadelphia, and as a case manager at Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Portland, OR.
Broadly speaking, Chavarín’s research interests include understanding the ways in which sociopolitical identities affect and are affected by higher education policy.
Chavarín holds an EdM in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA in politics from Willamette University.