Sofía Bahena, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Her overarching research agenda is to address structural educational inequities by strengthening the connection between education research and policy. Specifically, she aims to promote greater access to, and success in, higher education of under-represented youth in the United States. Dr. Bahena has experience working at advocacy organizations focusing on federal and state level policies; collaborating with English/Spanish bilingual communities, parents, and families; and conducting both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Most recently, she completed a visiting fellowship at the Center for Educational Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity (E4 Center), a research-practice-provider partnership housed at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Dr. Bahena holds a B.A. in business administration and sociology from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) and an Ed.M. in human development and psychology and Ed.D. in cultures, communities, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.