Cecilia Rios-Aguilar is an education professor and Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She is also a faculty director at Policy Analysis for California Education. Dr. Rios-Aguilar's work focuses on improving the educational and occupational trajectories of underrepresented and marginalized groups of students. She is past director of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. Professor Rios-Aguilar received her Ph.D. in educational theory and policy from the University of Rochester.