Profile for Adele Lozano

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Specialty area(s)

Latinx Student Leadership Development; Student Development; Student Retention

Brief biography

Dr. Adele Lozano  has been teaching in the SAA program since January 2015. Prior to joining the SAA Program, she worked for 18 years in multicultural student affairs at research institutions in Iowa and Illinois. Her scholarship centers on the experiences of Latinx students at historically White institutions in the Midwest, with a focus on identity development, leadership development, and the role of cultural centers in Latinx student success. Adele is a third-generation Iowan of Mexican heritage whose experience as a Chicana first-generation college student at a large public university shaped her interest in how Latinx students resist traditional expectations of assimilation in college, while finding culturally relevant ways to develop as leaders. Her book, Latina/o College Student Leadership: Emerging Theory, Promising Practice, was published in 2015. Her work has also been published in About Campus and New Directions for Student Services, as well as a chapter in Patton’s (2010) book, Cultural Centers in Higher Education. Additionally, Adele serves on the editorial board of JCSCORE, the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity.

Current courses at UWL

SAA 702-001 Student Development Theory (on-campus)

SAA 790-411 Capstone in Student Affairs (online)

SAA 702-431 Student Development Theory (blended)



Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Iowa State University, 2014

M.A. Student Development/Postsecondary Education, University of Northern Iowa, 1997

B.L.S. University of Northern Iowa, 1995

Teaching history

I have taught in the UWL SAA program since January 2015. Previously, I served as an adjunct instructor at Grandview University in Des Moines, Iowa where I taught a Global Awareness course for adult learners. At Iowa State University I taught first-year learning community seminars focusing on academic success, leadership, and identity development.

Professional history

2016: SAA Assistant Professor at UW La Crosse

2015: SAA Lecturer at UW La Crosse

2010-2014: Coordinator for Retention, OMSA - Iowa State University

2006-2010: Asst. Dean of Students & Dir. of La Casa Cultural Latina - University of
Illinois Urbana Champaign

1998-2006: Multicultural Coordinator, Opportunity at Iowa - University of Iowa

Research and publishing

Lozano, A. (2019). Anchor and launching pad: The role of a Latino cultural center in Latinx college student success at a historically white institution. Future Review, 1, 19-28.

Salinas, C., & Lozano, A. (2017, November 16). Mapping and recontextualizing the evolution of the term Latinx:  An environmental scanning in higher education. Journal of Latinos and Education.

Lozano, A. (2017). Breaking the Black/White binary in higher education leadership. About Campus, 21(6), 27-31.

Lozano, A. (Ed.). (2015). Latina/o college student leadership: Emerging theory, promising practice. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Lozano, A. (2010). Latina/o culture centers: Providing a sense of belonging and promoting student success. In L. D. Patton (Ed.), Spaces of resistance: Multiple perspectives on campus culture centers in higher education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Watt, S.K., Curtiss, G., Drummond, J., Kellogg, A., Lozano, A., Tagliapietra Nicoli, G. & Rosas, M. (December, 2009). Privileged identity exploration: Examining White female counselor trainee’s reactions to difficult dialogue in the classroom. Counselor Education and Supervision Journal (Vol. 49) pp. 86-105.

Stewart, D. L., & Lozano, A. (2009). Intersections of race & religion. In S. K. Watt, E. Fairchild, & K. Goodman (Eds.), Intersections of Religious Privilege: Difficult Dialogues and Student Affairs. New Directions for Student Affairs, no. 125, Spring 2009.

Lozano Rodriguez, A.; Guido-DiBrito, F.; Torres, V.; & Talbot, D., (2000). Latina college students: Issues and challenges for the 21st century, NASPA Journal, vol. 37(3), spring 2000.