Dr. Roberta Espinoza


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Dr. Roberta Espinoza

Vice Provost for Global-Local Initiatives and Professor of Sociology

Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Dr. Roberta Espinoza serves as Vice Provost for Global-Local Initiatives and Professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She draws from 10+ years of professional experience in diverse higher education environments, including at a large, public Hispanic-Serving Institution (California State University, Fullerton) and at a small, highly selective private liberal arts college (Pitzer College). Dr. Espinoza received her B.A. from Pomona College and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

As Vice-Provost for Global-Local Initiatives Dr. Espinoza’s responsibilities include oversight of the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF), the Center for the Study of Los Angeles (StudyLA) and the Center for Urban Resilience (CURes). As LMU’s inaugural senior international officer, her role is to facilitate collaborations and professional relationships among LMU faculty, staff, alumni, and other institutions on efforts related to comprehensive internalization (global) and strategic community engagement (local).

Dr. Espinoza’s scholarly expertise on higher education access is informed by her own personal experience as first-generation Latinx student. She has written several books, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and articles in magazines for educational practitioners on the role of social and cultural capital in the educational advancement and success of first-generation students of color in higher education. She has also published articles on Latino undocumented students and women of color in doctoral education.

Prior to joining LMU in 2018, Dr. Espinoza served as Interim Associate Dean of Global and Local Programs and Director of the Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS) at Pitzer College. In these roles, Dr. Espinoza led successful new initiatives and programs to ensure that global-local engagement and study were a part of the intellectual and psychosocial development of all students. She oversaw the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships and developed Pitzer’s First-Gen Program to support low-income students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year college. She also served as the faculty Academic Coordinator for the Claremont Colleges Mellon Mays Undergraduate Program (MMUF) and received the inaugural Claremont Colleges Diversity Teaching Award that “honors innovative pedagogical activities that effectively address issues or concerns related to diversity and inclusion in the classroom and other institutional settings.”

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