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.


2022 AAHHE Doctoral Student Award Recipient



Roberto Orozco
PhD Candidate
Rutgers University - New Brunswick


Roberto C. Orozco is a doctoral Candidate in Higher Education at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He also obtained a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as part of his doctoral degree. He was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and honors his journey growing up in the Midwest. His research explores questions around race, gender, and sexuality, student activism, college student development, and queer resistance and world making in and outside of higher education contexts. He grounds his work at the intersection of Jotería Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Chicana/Latina Feminisms to examine the identity and socio-political consciousness of queer Latinx/a/o student activists in higher education. He is particularly interested in how queer Latino/a/o college students engage in forms of resistance that allow for self-development and consciousness and allows for building queer kinships and material possibilities. He is a 2021-2022 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, a 2020-2021 Rutgers University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellow, 2020 AAHHE Graduate Fellow, and a 2014 Melvene D. Hardee Fellow at Florida State University. His work has been recognized and funded by the Center for Latino Arts and Culture at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the Rutgers University Chancellor Research Award, and a Rutgers University–New Brunswick School of Graduate Studies Research Award.


List of Past Doctoral Student Award Recipients:

  • 2021 Angel Gonzalez, MA, PhD