Uriel Serrano

TitleDoctoral Student
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department
OfficeRachel Carson College Room 124
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Uriel Serrano

Research Interests

Black and Latinx youth studies; youth activism and organizing; sociology of education; sociology of race; social (in)equity and social change; critical race theory; immigration and deportation; Los Angeles, CA

  •  Graduate Student Researcher:

    • Understanding Strategies for Engaging California’s Young Voters, October 2016-present.

    • Youth Leadership and Health Study, April 2016-present.



Biography, Education and Training

I am a first-year doctoral student from the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA, with roots in Durango, Mexico. Prior to coming to UCSC, I worked for the First Year Experience program at California State University, Los Angeles where I earned my BA and MA in Sociology. Currently, I am serving as chair of the ASA Student Forum Advisory Board and on the Student Affairs Committee for the Pacific Sociological Association. In addition, I am graduate student researcher for the "Youth Leadership and Health Study" and the "Understanding Strategies for Engaging California’s Young Voters" study, both with Dr. Veronica Terriquez. 

Broadly stated, my primary research interests include the experiences of Black and Latinx youth in secondary and post-secondary education, youth organizations, and youth organizing and activism. In addition to my primary research interests, I worked collaboratively with Beth Baker of Anthropology, Alejandra Marchevsky of Liberal Studies, Betania Santos, and Eduardo Coronel to conduct the CSULA Deportation Study. This study underscores how detentions and deportations impact entire families and households in a complex manner, along the intersecting lines of gender, race, and socio-economic status.

  • M.A., Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles

  • B.A., Sociology, minor in Chicano/a Studies, California State University, Los Angeles




Honors, Awards and Grants

  • University of California Regents Fellowship, 2016.

  • Pacific Sociological Association Student Travel Grant, 2016.

  • Penn Equity Institute for Doctoral Students Certificate, University of Pennsylvania, 2015.

  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Recognition, California State University, Los Angeles, 2015.




Selected Publications




Selected Presentations

  • Selected Academic Conference Presentations:

    • “A Hispanic Serving Institution ‘Under Construction:’ Black and Latino Men, Campus Racial Climate, and Homeplaces” accepted for the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 2017.

    •  “Becoming Black or Latino in Different Context: The Realization of Racialization of Black and Latino Men” (with Eric Rodriguez) accepted for the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, April 2017.

    • “Homeplaces: Ethnic Studies and the Academic Empowerment of Black and Latino Menpresented at the National Association for Ethnic Studies 45rd Annual Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, March 2017.

    • “Hispanic Serving Institutions and Campus Racial Climate: The Experiences of First Generation Black and Latino Males” presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA, April 2016.

    • “Present Absence: Collaborative Research on Deportation” (panel presentation with Beth Baker, Eduardo Coronel, and Victor Flores) presented at Social Theory Mini-Conference, California State University, Los Angeles, February 2016.

    • “First Generation Black and Latino Males: Race, Racism, and Diversity at a Minority Serving Institution” presented at Social Justice Summit: Knowledge and Justice in Action, Fullerton College, November 2015.

    • “Thinking Race: Campus Climate at a Hispanic Serving Institution” presented at the Charter College of Education Graduate Student Research Symposium, California State University, Los Angeles, May 2015.

    • “Reinventing Racism: Racist Discourse and Social Media” presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA, April 2015.

  • Selected Facilitator and Workshop Presentations:

    • “Latino Men Academic Empowerment,” Hermanos Unidos National Leadership Conference, California State University, Fullerton, February 2017.

    • “Advocating for Self-Empowerment and Educational Justice,” The Latina Completion and Transfer Academy, East Los Angeles Community College, March 2016.

    • “Mind Matters Town Hall,” California State University, Los Angeles, February 2016 and November 2015.

    • Men of Color Success Network: How Are You Doing & What Do You Need?” California State University, Los Angeles. November 2015.

    • “Using Data to Inspire Action, Advocate for Students, and Create Safe Environments” presented at the annual CSUnity Conference. California State University, Chico, August 2015.

    •  Got Scholarships? An Overview of the Process” sponsored by the First Year Experience program, the Dreamers Resource Center, and the University Writing center. California, State University, Los Angeles. October 2015.

  • Invited Speaker:

    • Invited speaker for the 2nd Annual Early Start Academy Graduation Ceremony. California State University, Los Angeles, August 2015.

    • Raza Graduate Student Perspective Speaker for the 27th Annual Raza Graduate Celebration. California State University, Los Angeles, June 2015.

    • Invited speaker for the 4th Annual Stepping Out of The Shadows S.U.R.G.E. event. California State University, Los Angeles, May 2015

    • Speaker for Audubon Middle School’s Community and College Resources Fair, Los Angeles, California, February 2014 and October 2014.

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching Assistant:

    • Sociology 491: Qualitative Research Methods, California State University, Los Angeles (Winter 2016)

    • Sociology 442: Social Change, California State University, Los Angeles (Fall 2014)

  • Seminar Leader:

    • First Year Seminar, First Year Experience Program, California State University, Los Angeles  (2013-2016