Lazaro Camacho, Jr.


Dr. Camacho is a Rhode Island native and two-time graduate of the University of Rhode Island. Driven by a mission centered in mentorship and student support, he strives to create a learning environment that taps into the potential of each student and challenges them to become active learners. To accomplish this, he relies on his 14 years of higher education experience across a variety of functional areas, institution types, and geographic locations. He believes that positive student success is driven by an intersectional and systemic approach to student-centered learning, teaching, and student support services; one that is maintained through a commitment to collaboration, dynamic change, and a high level of responsiveness.


Dr. Camacho’s research centers access and equity through a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to student success. Using qualitative methodologies, he critically explores issues of social justice, oppression, and privilege. His published scholarship includes the intersection of masculinity and the undergraduate experiences of Latino men, the performance of leadership amongst undergraduate Latino men, formal leadership development credential pathways for community college students, the relationship between network mentorship as a tool to support retention and completion among Black and Latino undergraduate men, and community college based workforce development.


  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Florida Atlantic University, 2021
  • M.ED., Educational Leadership, Florida Atlantic University, 2021
  • M.S., HDF/College Student Personnel, University of Rhode Island, 2006
  • B.S., Kinesiology, University of Rhode Island, 2002

Selected Publications

Camacho, L., Salinas, C., Rodriguez, S. Vasquez, M., Izaguirre, J. (2021). A values based leadership approach to (re)defining Latino manhood and masculinity. International Journal of Leadership in Education. Advance Online Publication.

Camacho, L., Burmicky, J., Cervantes, D., Salinas, C. (forthcoming). Community college competencies for student educational leadership development and degree pathways. In R. Whitney & J. Collins (Eds.), Advancing racial equity in leadership education: considerations by institutional types. New Directions of Student Leadership.

Salinas, C., Riley, P., Camacho, L., & Floyd, D. L. (2020). Mentoring experiences and perceptions of Latino male faculty in higher education. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Elliott, K., Salinas, C., Torrens, O. D. & Camacho, L. (2018). No role models: The experience of Black and Latino men in a mentoring program at a two-year Hispanic serving institution. In J. McClinton, D. S. B. Mitchell, T. Carr, M. A. Melton, & G. B. Hughes (Eds), Mentoring at Minority Serving Institutions: Theory, Design, Practice and Impact, (pp. 45-62). Information Age Publishing

Floyd, D. L., Garcia Falconetti, A., Camacho, L. (forthcoming). Postsecondary higher education pathways to workforce credential attainment in the USA. In Equity, high skills and productivity through higher level vocational education. Palgrave.