Rigoberto earned his PhD in Education from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and a master’s degree in Education, Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining Stanford, he was a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University and a Gerardo Marin Fellow at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education.
For over fifteen years his community work and engaged scholarship has focused on identifying community-based solutions and best practices that seek to improve on the inequities queer youth of color encounter based on their intersecting identities. His teaching and research interests include critical theories of race and sexuality in education, queer youth of color, Latina/o(x) youth, law and policy, social justice education, community health, public pedagogy, and community-based research methodologies. His work has been published in the Journal of Homosexuality, Curriculum Inquiry, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies and a chapter in the book Critical Concepts in Queer Studies and Education. His position is in partnership with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education.