Adam AlvarezDoctoral Student
Graduate Research and Teaching Associate
K. Leroy Irvis Fellow
Assistant Manager, Ready to Learn Program

aja49@pitt.edu

Biography

Adam Alvarez is a fourth-year doctoral student and K. Leroy Irvis Fellow in the Social and Comparative Analysis in Education program. He also serves as Social Justice and Diversity Committee Representative, and as Graduate Research and Teaching Associate at the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

He received a B.S. in Psychology from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas in 2007. After starting out as a direct care staff member in a residential psychiatric facility where he worked with students with varying psychological, socio-emotional, and cognitive needs from diverse backgrounds, he transitioned to working as a teacher for those same students. 

He earned a Master's in Education Administration in 2014 from UT-Austin, then moved to Pittsburgh that September to begin his current work at CUE, which focuses on academic and social identity development of students. His personal research – on sociological factors that influence inequity, and how schools and educators identify and respond to students in urban settings who are experiencing trauma – is closely aligned.