Daisy D. Alfaro, Ph.D.

Daisy D. Alfaro, Ph.D.
Charter College of Education
Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education
Office Location: KH A-3035
Phone: (323) 343 4374 Email: dalfaro7@calstatela.edu


Dr. Daisy D. Alfaro is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies and Program Coordinator of the Postsecondary Leadership Ed.D. Program at the California State University, Los Angeles. Her research and teaching focus on the contexts that promote equity, access, and success of underrepresented students in higher education. Her research has focused largely on identifying the protective factors that influenced the P-20 trajectories of low-income, first-generation college, urban, Latino students to the top law schools in the country. In recognition of her scholarship and service, Dr. Alfaro received the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award in Education by the California State Assembly and most recently, received the Los Angeles La Opinión Newspaper 2014 Mujeres Destacadas Award in Education. Dr. Alfaro earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. She credits her scholarly accomplishments to her advisors, mentors, peers, CSU Long Beach Upward Bound and the UCEA Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network, the city Lynwood, and above all, her familia. 


My teaching focuses on issues relevant to the training of leaders in higher education institutions. Specifically, I teach courses that develop their understanding of pressing issues that P-20 institutions face today and courses that focus on issues of equity, access, and success for diverse student populations. In each of my courses, I aim to foster a community of scholar-practitioners that are committed to social justice and the success of our students, institutions, and communities. 


My research is focused on issues pertaining to equity, access, and the success of underrepresented students throughout the P-20 (preschool through graduate or professional degree) pipeline. Two areas of focus defining my work are: (1) examining and addressing issues surrounding the navigation, transition, and educational outcomes of urban, low-income, and first generation Latina/o students in higher education, and (2) family and community engagement in higher education. 


Alfaro, D. D. (2015). A conceptual model of academic resilience: Implications for research on academically successful Latino students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, Illinois.

Alfaro, D. D., O’Reilly-Diaz, K. A., & Lopez, G. R. (2014). Operationalizing consejos in the P-20 educational pipeline: Interrogating the nuances of Latino parent involvement. Multicultural Education, 21(4), 11-16.

Alfaro, D. D., O’Reilly-Diaz, K. A., & Lopez, G. R. (2013). Redefining Parent Involvement: Operationalizing Consejos in the Latino P-20 Educational Pipeline. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, California. 

Alfaro, D. D., & Hoffman, J. L. (2009). Selected Resources and Glossary. In J. L. Hoffman, J. S. Antony, & D. D. Alfaro (Eds.), Data-driven decision-making in intercollegiate athletics: New directions in institutional research (pp. 113-117). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

Hoffman, J. L., Antony, J. S., & Alfaro, D. D. (Eds.). (2009). Data-driven decision-making in intercollegiate athletics: New directions in institutional research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 


2014 La Opinion Mujeres Destacadas
La Opinión’s 8th Annual Mujeres Destacadas Awards Luncheon
One of 30 women who received La Opinion Newspaper Mujer Destacadas Award. This award celebrates the extraordinary efforts and leadership these women have exemplified in the city of Los Angeles. One of 5 Latinas who received this distinction for efforts in the field of Education.
2012 - 2013 GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship
University of Washington
Recipient of a highly competitive award based on departmental nominations of students who demonstrate academic merit and potential to contribute to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of future scholarship and research. 
2013 Woman of Distinction Award in Education  
California State Assembly
Recognized by the California State Assembly and the 63rd Assembly District for exhibiting a commitment to mentoring students, instilling in others the value and importance of education, and for setting a great example of exceptional leadership.
2012 College of Education Graduate Student Leadership Award
University of Washington
Recognized for demonstrating outstanding qualities of leadership, community service, and academic achievement. 


Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2013
Specialization, Higher Education
Cognate, Multicultural Education and Mixed Methods
University of Washington, Seattle
Concrete Roses: Examining the Resilience of Academically Successful Latino Students
Committee: James S. Antony (Chair), Frances E. Contreras, James A. Banks, and Luis R. Fraga
M.A., Sociology of Education, 2008
New York University
Tracking in a Racially Homogenous High School: The Post-Secondary Outcomes of Latina/o Students
Advisor: Pedro Noguera
B.A., Sociology, Chicana/o Studies, Education, 2005

University of California, Los Angeles