2024 AAHHE & ETS Outstanding Dissertation Competition (ODC)
Kurt M. Landgraf Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipients

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AAHHE and ETS share a vision of the future of Hispanics in higher education and a commitment to actions that can help them get there. Join us as we honor and congratulate this year's winners!

Kurt M. Landgraf Outstanding Dissertation Award, First Place Winner


Melissa Yzaguirre, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
University of San Diego

Dissertation Title: Family Therapists’ Lived Experiences of Discussing Ethnic-Racial Socialization with Latino Parents
Degree Discipline: Human Development
Degree granting institution: Michigan State University
Please see Dr. Yzaguirre's bio here.

Kurt M. Landgraf Outstanding Dissertation Award, Second Place Winner

Natalie Muñoz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Rutgers University-Newark 

Dissertation Title: Soy de Aquí y de Allá/I'm from Here and There:  Exploring how HBCUs’ contribute to Afro-Latino (a,e,x) students’ Ethnic/Racial Identity Development and Mental Health
Degree Discipline: Social Work
Degree granting institution: Howard Institution
Please see Dr. Muñoz's bio here.

Kurt M. Landgraf Outstanding Dissertation Award, Third Place Winner

Amy Nuñez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Teacher Preparation Program
Heritage University 

Dissertation Title: "I Wish They Knew We Existed": The Academic Experiences of Latinx College Students in Mixed-Status Families
Degree Discipline
: Education
Degree granting institution: Indiana University, Bloomington
Please see Dr. Nuñez's bio here.

For award recipients from other years from 2023 to 2008, please click here.