Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Award-winning alum Leon to speak about academic career

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2007 alum Raul Leon will speak Wednesday, April 22, about his career path that has led him to becoming an associate professor of higher education and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University.

Leon will receive the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from the University of Wisconsin–Madison's School of Education and give a talk titled "The Wisconsin Idea: Living for a Bigger Purpose." The event is 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in the Wisconsin Idea Room of the Education Building on Bascom Mall. La Follette School students, faculty, alumni and staff are invited to meet him at Memorial Union's Terrace at 3 p.m. Contact Outreach Director Terry Shelton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for details.

Leon earned his Ph.D. through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2010 after completing a Master of International Public Affairs in 2007.

Leon brought national recognition to UW–Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis by being selected as a graduate policy fellow for the Association for the Study of Higher Education 2009 and as an emerging scholars fellow for the American Educational Research Association in 2011.

He won a competitive EMU research grant in 2012 that led to the article "Black Males Abroad: Building a Theoretical Foundation for Success," which examines the experiences of American males of color who have studied abroad.

"I conduct research that focuses on study abroad, student success and the role of chief diversity officers in institutions of higher education," Leon says. "I have taught courses including Introduction to Higher Education, Student Development Theory, Contemporary College Students, and Current Issues and Problems in Higher Education."

Off campus, Leon led 13 professors and administrators for a spring tour exploring higher education in Ecuador, where he was born and raised. He is director of My Ecuador Trip.