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Angela Alvarado Coleman

Angela Alvarado Coleman is a native of Brooklyn, New York and graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences and M.A. in Educational Leadership. Angela went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Florida State University. Angela has worked in the field of Student Affairs for over 18 years primarily with student support programs and TRIO Programs. Angela has extensive experience writing for and managing federal and private grants. She is also a specialist in the retention of economically and academically disadvantaged students, particularly as it relates to Black and Latino males, and provides consulting to TRIO Programs at regional colleges and universities. 

Angela’s research interests focus on college access and success, educational finance, and higher education policy in an effort to encourage policymakers, educators, and the public to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. Angela has carried out research on student retention and the impact of pre-collegiate academic outreach programs on financial aid attainment and student persistence.

Angela has been recognized as an Association for Institutional Research Doctoral Fellow and a Melvene D. Hardee Fellow. She endeavors to transform lives and holds active membership in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Southern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP), Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Angela lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband Michael and two children, Christian Miguel and Michael Santo.