Rutgers GSE CMSI

Ana K. Soltero López

Ana K. Soltero López is an Assistant Professor and the coordinator for the Bilingual Authorization Program (BAP) in the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education (LEBSE) in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at the California State University, Fresno. She teaches primarily in the Multiple Subject credential program and her courses centralize culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies, critical teacher inquiry and reflexivity, and service-learning. Her primary research focus is K-20 Latinx educational access, retention, and persistence. Her research agenda is informed by her teaching and work with youth, educators, and communities of color and lies at the intersection of disciplines such as Education, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Immigration Studies. Presently, she is working on two major projects. The first is the Enseñamos en el Valle Central Initiative, a five-year, Title V Developing HSIs (DHSI) funded effort focused on growing our own bilingual Latinx teachers in the Central Valley of California. This initiative is structured around a purposeful system of pipeline support beginning in high school and continuing throughout the teacher candidate’s journey through post-secondary education, and into the teaching profession. The second project is a California state-wide collaborative effort within the University of California and the California State University systems dedicated to conducting rigorous empirical research to advance educational equity for undocumented students in higher education.