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Ignacio Hernandez

Ignacio Hernández, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at California State University, Fresno—both an AANAPISI and an HSI. Ignacio turns to minority-serving community colleges as a source of inquiry within the broad institutional landscape of higher education in the United States. His research seeks to highlight the experiences and lessons learned by Latina/o leaders in community colleges that may serve to re-imagine normative definitions of community college leadership and the social practice of leadership in higher education.

Ignacio is the son of Mexican immigrants from Jalisco, México. He was born and raised in Los Angeles County and attended public schools in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. He began his journey in higher education by enrolling at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), one of California’s community colleges. After earning an AA at Mt. SAC he navigated the transfer pathway and earned a BS in Mathematics from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). At CSULB Ignacio also completed a MS in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education. Ignacio left California for the Midwest where he completed his PhD with a major in Education and a minor in Statistics at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.