Esmeralda Sanchez Salazar

Esmeralda Sanchez Salazar is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Rice, where she works with the RPLP and the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). She began her doctoral studies in sociology at Rice in 2016 to focus on how religion and other issues affect educational achievement. She previously served as deputy director of the Faith and Education Coalition for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), America’s largest Hispanic evangelical organization, where she led national, state, and local initiatives promoting civic engagement among faith communities in educational equity issues. She has a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University.