Sofia Bahena

Sofia Bahena

Ed.M. ’13, Ed.D. ’14
B.A. ’06, Trinity University
San Antonio, TX
Sofia Bahena

Through scholarly work and public service, Sofia Bahena focuses on community engagement, widening access to college, and bridging education research and policy.

An assistant professor of education at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Bahena focuses her research on promoting pathways to higher education for underserved groups. She previously worked as a senior education associate with the nonprofit Intercultural Development Research Association and as a research and policy assistant at the Alliance for Excellent Education.

“I have dedicated my career to improving access to higher education. As the first person in my family to attend college, education has been the result of my community’s collective effort.”

Bahena spearheaded numerous volunteer efforts at Harvard as a founding board member of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, a board member and past president of the Harvard Club of San Antonio, and co-chair of the Alumni of Color Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). While studying at HGSE, she received an outstanding dissertation award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and edited the Harvard Educational Review.

Active in her community, she is on the community advisory board of a local nonprofit news organization and previously served on the City of San Antonio Commission on Education and on the United Way Student Success Impact Council.

“I’d like to see the board focus on engaging the full spectrum of the alumni community to make Harvard a viable option for more people across the country and globe.”

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