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Armando Lizarraga, Research Assistant

Armando Lizarraga is a research assistant at CCRC. He focuses on projects related to student support services and efforts to maintain and improve the efficiency, quality, and equity of community colleges.

Lizarraga earned an AA-Transfer in general studies, social and behavioral sciences from El Camino College and a BA in Chicana/o studies and sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently an MA student in the higher and postsecondary education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Prior to joining CCRC, Lizarraga was a peer mentor for UCLA’s Center for Community College Partnerships, where he provided academic support to historically underrepresented community college students by assisting them in course planning and the transfer application process. This experience sparked Lizarraga’s interest in conducting research on the narratives of the resilience of non-traditional Latino males pursuing higher education; he presented his findings during UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Week. Additionally, in 2018 and 2019, Lizarraga served as the co-chair for UCLA’s Student Transfer Outreach and Mentor Program Conference. He was responsible for executing the largest transfer-focused conference in California designated to motivate and inspire first-generation and underrepresented community college students to consider the UC system as a transfer option. As a community college alumnus himself, Lizarraga wishes to continue to challenge institutional barriers and find solutions to better serve community college students.