Jose L. Plaza


Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose L. Plaza is the proud son of migrant farm workers. His family immigrated to a small farming town in Southern California at the age of five. Jose earned bachelor's degrees in social science and English in 2005 from San Diego State University. While at SDSU he was actively involved in student life and Greek life. In 2005 he moved to Long Beach, California to pursue a M.Sc. in counseling with an emphasis in student development in higher education from California State University, Long Beach. Because of his research on migrant college students, he was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship and began his professional work as a counselor for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), co-authoring a federal multi-million dollar grant to implement CAMP at the community college level.

Jose serves as the Director for Latino Engagement for Enroll America. Jose is pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California in educational leadership with a focus on higher education administration. Jose’s work on migrant, undocumented, and Latino populations strives to close gaps in access, equity, and achievement. Through his experience as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Higher Education Graduate Fellow , he has furthered his research and practice focusing on macro policy and political issues to ensure quality impact in his home base, specifically at the community college level. He joined the Latino GLBT History Project board of directors in 2013 and co-chaired the 7th Annual DC Latino Pride, taking place in May and June 2013 in the nation's capital. Jose is an associate board member of the Latin American Youth Center.