Introducing ASAP's HESA Student of the Month for April: Kevin Franco!
As a social justice researcher and practitioner in education, Kevin critically analyzes educational issues through a lexicon of race, class, gender, and sexuality. With over five years of professional experience, Kevin has worked in the college access and college success field assisting a spectrum of low-income, first generation college students with their educational pursuits. Simultaneously, Kevin has conducted mixed methods research assessments at Occidental College and is currently a Research Assistant working on an implementation study of the Community Schools initiative for the RAND corporation.
Originally from San Fernando Valley, CA, Kevin attended UC Berkeley and received a B.A. in Sociology. Kevin’s passion for social justice, inclusion, and equity in education began when he co-founded the Queer Straight Alliance at UC Berkeley. His work in the Queer community sparked his drive to view leadership opportunities as a platform to incite social change. Prior to NYU, Kevin was the College Success Director for the non-profit organization, Heart of Los Angeles. At HOLA, Kevin was responsible for directing and supervising a team dedicated to ensuring the degree completion of 200 low-income, first generation college students, also known as “HOLA alumni.”
Kevin is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs with a concentration in Social Justice M.A. program. He continues to entrench himself in education to further restructure and develop pathways for historically underrepresented students.
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