Through qualitative and transformative research methodologies, I examine the systemic inequities affecting minoritized student populations in higher education. I seek to inform the work of higher education practitioners and policymakers and provide data to advocate for equitable policies and inclusive practices on college campuses. In particular, my research focuses on three distinct areas: a) the higher education experiences of undocumented students in the U.S.; b) the use of action research methodologies to enhance the study of higher education; and c) the mechanisms used by minoritized students to access, persist, and succeed in higher education. By investigating these topics, I seek to generate localized retention theories and student success models which can potentially reduce minoritized students' college attrition. In this work, I account for the multiple social identities of students and the intersecting systems of oppression affecting their educational experiences based on race, gender, social class, and immigration status, among others.

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  • Salazar, C., Giles, K. S., & Ackerman, J. R. (2023). Empowered and educated: How an immigration service-learning course influenced students paths toward critical consciousness. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), 1-21.
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  • Dizon, J., Salazar, C., Kim, Y. K., & Park, J. J. (2023). Experiences of Racial Discrimination among STEM Majors: The Role of Faculty. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), 1-18.
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  • Salazar, C., Alderete Puig, P., Morales Rojas, P., & Ziga, A. J. (2022). Undocufriendly undocuserving: Undocumented college students perceptions of institutional support.. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.
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  • Park, J. J., Zheng, J., Lue, K., Salazar, C., Liwanag, A. M., Parikh, R. M., & Anderson, J. L. (2022). Looking Beyond College: STEM College Seniors on Entering the Workforce and the Impact of Race and Gender. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION.
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  • Salazar, C., Liwanag, A. M., Zheng, J., & Park, J. J. (2022). Marginality and Mattering: Inequality in STEM Majors' Relationships With Higher Education Practitioners. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION.
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  • Chang, A., Mendes, J., & Salazar, C. (2019). Qualitative Methodological Considerations for Studying Undocumented Students in the United States. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press (OUP).
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