Rosalinda Ortiz is a Practitioner-Researcher at the Hope Center for Community, College, and Justice. She is a first-generation college student who focuses her qualitative research on bridging the gap between high school and college, especially for first-generation Latinx students. Graduating in 2020, her doctoral dissertation focused on dual credit students’ transition from high school to a four-year university was named Distinguished Dissertation of the Year by Ball State University. In 2019, Rosalinda was named a Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) Fellow for her research and volunteer work with Latinx communities.
Prior to joining the Hope Center, Rosalinda worked as a community college professor and administrator for over a decade supporting students at Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). Born and raised in rural south Texas, Rosalinda holds an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Texas Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Texas State University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education from Ball State University.
Rosalinda’s hope: To dismantle the deficit narrative of marginalized and disenfranchised students and create opportunities for all students to succeed to and through college–no matter their culture, background, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, and/or gender.