Lucy Arellano is an associate professor of Higher Education Programs in the College of Education at Texas Tech University. She has over fifteen years of experience in the field of higher education. Her research focuses on persistence, retention, and degree completion for emerging majority students. Concepts of diversity, campus climates, engagement, and student co-curricular involvement ground her work. Furthermore, she examines campus environments and how institutional agency influences student success.
Dr. Arellano earned her Ph.D. from the Higher Education and Organizational Change division at UCLA, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan and a B.A. triple-majoring in Computer Animation, American Culture, and Latina/o Studies also from the University of Michigan.
Her work has been published in high-impact higher education journals such as: The Journal of Higher Education, Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research; Research in Higher Education; the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education; and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.
She currently serves as co-principal investigator on a million-dollar, 5-year NSF grant whose purpose is to develop a culturally-relevant framework to understand the intersection of Latinx identity and developing a STEM identity at a Hispanic-Serving Institution that is also a community college to support students' degree completion, persistence, and transitions to life beyond the community college.