AAHHE Doctoral Student Award

The AAHHE Doctoral Student Award recognizes doctoral students who aspire to join the academy and demonstrate their academic accomplishments and servant leadership at their university.


Inaugural 2021 AAHHE Doctoral Student Award Recipient

Angel Gonzalez, MA, PhD (2022)

As a first-generation queer, joto, Latinx scholar, Ángel’s passion lies in making a difference in their comunidad through education. As a son of immigrant parents, Guadalupe y Miguel Ángel, a brother to three sisters, and a tio to seven nieces and nephews, their familia are the foundation and pillars of their successes. As an aspiring faculty member, Ángel recognizes the support, validation, and cariño that numerous femtors and mentors have provided them.

Currently, Ángel is a third-year doctoral candidate in San Diego State University’s Ed.D. program for Community College Leadership. They also serve as a Graduate Research Associate for the American Council on Education (ACE). Using a ground theory approach, their dissertation seeks to develop a Latinx leadership model from the experiences of Latinx community college administrators (mid-to-senior level) via testimonios (personal story telling) and queer chisme (gossip) sessions. Read more...