Dr. Paul Hernandez

Dr. Paul Hernandez is senior adviser to the president at Achieving the Dream. Dr. Hernandez is a community college leader and practitioner and an Aspen Rising Presidents Fellow serving most recently as vice president for academic and student affairs at Mount Wachusett Community College. Prior to his service there, he was the chief diversity officer at Lansing Community College. 

Dr. Hernandez is a nationally recognized leader in college access and success, community outreach, and pedagogy, a former faculty member and non-profit administrator. He was awarded the National Education Association Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award, the Michigan Education Association Elizabeth Siddall Human Rights Award, the Equity in Education Award by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and an Honors Professor of the Year Award for teaching. He is also the author of the book The Pedagogy of Real Talk: Engaging, Teaching and Connecting Students At-Promise.

Dr. Hernandez earned his doctorate in sociology from Michigan State University, his bachelor’s degree from California State University, and his associate degree from Los Angeles Community College.  Prior to earning his degrees, he was engulfed in gang culture and deep poverty, surviving on the streets of Los Angeles. He openly shares his powerful personal story hoping to influence and empower young people traveling a similar path.

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