Dr. Frances Contreras

Dr. Contreras discusses the Latino education crisis and strategies for getting minority students on the path to college.

To learn more about Dr. Contreras, take a look at Latino Student Success: Providing the Right Learning Opportunities, as well as her featured books and articles on Colorín Colorado.


Dr. Frances Contreras is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the College of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Contreras presently researches issues of equity and access for underrepresented students in the education pipeline. She addresses transitions between K-12 and higher education, community college transfer, faculty diversity, affirmative action in higher education and the role of the public policy arena in higher education access for underserved students of color.

Dr. Contreras has conducted research using the College Board Data on Latino high achievers in the United States, and data on the UC system using individual applicant and admission profiles at select UC Campuses. She has recently completed a manuscript with P. Gandara, "The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies," (Harvard University Press).

In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Contreras serves on the Board of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, the Journal of Advanced Academics, and has been appointed by Mayor Nickels as a member of the Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee for the City of Seattle. Dr. Contreras received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Educational Administration & Policy Analysis, Master of Education from Harvard University, and B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.