Alexandro Gradilla

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Alexandro Gradilla

Alexandro Gradilla is currently an associate professor of Chicana/o Studies and African American Studies at UC Fullerton. Dr. Gradilla received his doctorate in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation focused on the social, political and epistemological impact of dehumanization on the Mexican origin population in the United States. His areas of expertise include medical anthropology, bioethics, political theory (Marxist, Foucaultian), decolonial theory, institutional racism, racialization, cultural competency, gender, men’s studies, migration processes and families.

Born and raised in San Diego (City Heights), California, Dr. Gradilla is a first-generation college graduate. His parents are from Jalisco, Mexico. He received two B.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley one in Chicana/o Studies and the other in Anthropology. He then went on to receive a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan.

Before joining the faculty at CSU Fullerton, Dr. Gradilla was a teaching a fellow at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to his research agenda, Dr. Gradilla is interested in issues connected to higher education policy especially focused on Latina/o student success, retention, graduation, mentorship, transfer student success, and other collaborations between student affairs and academic affairs. Dr. Gradilla is currently serve as Co-Principal Investigator on two grants that focus on improving Latina/o graduation rates and the other promoting graduate school. For the Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA grant at CSU Fullerton is now known as Enhancing Postbaccalaureate Opportunities at Cal State Fullerton for Hispanic Students or EPOCHS) grant that encourages Latino students to pursue graduate education, he routinely work with the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President of Graduate Programs and Research. The other grant he worked on, is the HACU/Walmart grant, for this grant Dr. Mink Salas and Dr. Gradilla evaluated CSU Fullerton’s practices surrounding Latino student success in order to mentor New Mexico Highlands University. As consultants and institutional mentors, we have evaluated programs and policies and made recommendations for NMHU in order to improve Latino retention and graduation.[1]


  • Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., Anthropology (Cultural/Medical), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.A., Chicana/o and Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley[2]

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Alexandro Gradilla, co chair UC Berkeley MEChA. .