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Cuauhtemoc Salinas Martell

Loyola Marymount University

Educational Leadership for Social Justice



Born in Acapulco, Mexico, Cuauhtemoc Salinas Martell immigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old. Although his single mother shared stories of the great opportunities in America, his home in the States was a cold, poorly lit, and cramped garage. Despite his childhood struggles, Cuauhtemoc loved going to school and went on to become the first person in his entire family to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. With more than 15 leadership positions, Cuauhtemoc was able to see and listen to the voices of the many communities he was part of. He continued his student activism at the University of Michigan where he received his Master’s in Social Work. Cuauhtemoc’s love for education has given him the impetus to pursue his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University, where he hopes to empower Latinx, undocumented/DACAmented, LGBTQ, and first-generation students to know that their voices matter and that their presence is what will motivate future leaders to pursue higher education.

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