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Tony Peña

Graduate Student



Building & Room:

4173 BSB


Previous degrees:

B.A., Sociology/Anthropology and English/Creative Writing, Augustana College
M.A., Higher Education Leadership, Northeastern Illinois University

Specialty Areas:

Educational Inequality, Higher Education, Latinas/os, Student Development, Organizations and Institutional Structure

Research interests:

Generally speaking, I am interested in how organizations – particularly institutions of higher education – address changes in their composition and environment to maintain their legitimacy and influence.  These include internal shifts that manifest through organizational structure, student demographics, and mission/vision.   External forces such as changes in regulations, markets, and other institutions within their field provide the environmental component to the impetus behind these changes.  My previous academic and professional work focused mainly community colleges and student development for first generation Latina/o students in higher education.  I wish to expand this work to develop a broader perspective that also includes changes to the institutions these students attend.