Kevin S. Alejandrez

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Kevin S. Alejandrez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology specializing in social inequalities. Kevin also has research interests in critical race studies, Latine populations in the United States, rural sociology, and political sociology. 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 mixed qualitative methods to analyze social stratification and racial disparities among Latine farmworkers and how they have been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and Oregon wildfires. His work also looks to explore the ways in which Latine farmworkers and farmworker families interpret and respond to such inequalities.

Kevin currently serves as the co-chair of the Rural Race and Ethnicity Research Interest Group for the Rural Sociological Society, as an intern for the Farmworker Service Center in Woodburn, Oregon, and as a 2020 Graduate Fellow for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. Having been awarded the College of Social Science’s Dean’s Competitive Fellowship as well as the Center for Equality and Social Justice’s, Graduate Student Research Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic school year, he is currently conducting field research 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 Latine 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. Most recently, 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

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