David Orta

David is a Senior Research Analyst at the UChicago Consortium on the Exposure to Community Violence team. Before joining the Consortium, David's experiences include working in applied research settings as well as teaching sociology courses and mentoring budding social researchers. His dissertation examined the role of cultural organizations on the educational pathways of first-generation Latina/o college students at predominantly white universities. Some of his work can be found in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. He has presented at a number of national and regional social science conferences on a wide range of issues surrounding racial, ethnic, and class inequalities. As a native Chicagoan and a CPS graduate, David is passionate about studying educational organizations and institutions from a critical sociological perspective to provide actionable interventions that will improve public school outcomes. When he is not working on social justice issues through research and advocacy, David is most likely posting photos on his dog's Instagram account. 

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