David Velasquez is a doctoral student in Urban Education Policy program at the USC Rosier School of Education where he is conducting research with Dr. Tatiana Melguizo. His research interests include college access, persistence, completion, specifically as it pertains to community colleges transfer into four year institutions. Prior to coming to USC, David taught mathematics at high schools in South Los Angeles. He received his Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Urban Teaching from UCLA with a bilingual authorization (BCLAD) in Spanish. He earned a B.A. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and spent time in Washington, D.C. where he interned at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. While in D.C., he analyzed patterns and trends among successful transfer of students of color from community college to four year institutions.