Kevin S. Alejandrez

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Kevin S. Alejandrez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology specializing in social inequalities. Kevin has research interests in critical race studies, Latinx populations in the United States, political sociology, and the sociology of education. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Western Oregon University and a Master of Arts from the University of Kentucky. Kevin’s current research utilizes ethnographic methods to analyze social stratification and racial disparities among Latinx farmworkers and how they have been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and Oregon wildfires. His work also examines the ways in which Latinx farmworkers and farmworker families interpret and respond to such inequalities.

Aside from his field research, Kevin also serves as a Graduate Instructor for UK’s Department of Sociology, as a Graduate Representative for the Rural Sociological Society’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, as a Community Navigator for the Farmworker Service Center in Woodburn, Oregon, and as the Director of Community Engagement for Omnis Student Services in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Kevin has a strong history of community advocacy and engagement. Prior to joining the department, he worked for the City of Independence, (OR) conducting outreach and fostering connections between city government and its Latinx community. He mentored students from lower-income backgrounds through various non-profit organizations and tutored for the Upward Bound TRIO program. He served as a Peer Advisor and as a Multicultural Mentor for first-year college students and helped found the Latino Parent Action Committee for the high school in his hometown. In 2016, Western Oregon University recognized Kevin for his efforts in organizing countless cultural and informative events, as well as fundraisers to help provide food, clothes, and toys to disadvantaged families in his community. In 2018, Kevin established the PODER (Pursuing Our Dreams, Embracing Roots) Presidential Scholarship at Western Oregon University, which awards four-year, $1,000/year scholarships to incoming DACA and undocumented students.

Moving forward, Kevin seeks to continue collaborating with marginalized populations, researching inequalities, educating, and working towards making the world a better place for all. #TMC.