Carlos Ibarra is a Master of Public Policy student at USC Price. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at the California State University, Fullerton. Carlos is focused on the intersections of urban, social, and education policy as it pertains to first-generation Latinx public school students at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. As a first-generation college student, Carlos broke into research by serving as a program evaluator at Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership. He led a research team to evaluate and improve student success programs designed to serve local public high school students in low-income communities of color. Carlos discovered his passion for educational equity and social justice through his research experiences. He learned how working with communities to strategically communicate their needs is crucial to improving equity-based programming.
Prior to attending USC Price, Carlos served as an administrator at Center for Powerful Public Schools in Los Angeles. His work with the educational equity nonprofit sector exposed him to the gaps in services and policies for high-need students. Carlos believes students deserve a high-quality, rigorous education in a safe learning community. Specifically, he seeks to create educational equity for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with a difference of ability, and undocumented students. On his free time, Carlos enjoys hiking, collecting vinyl records, and playing video games with his partner.