Milagros Castillo-Montoya is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs in the Educational Leadership Department at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on equitable experiences and outcomes for traditionally underserved college students. Dr. Castillo-Montoya primarily studies teaching and learning in racially and ethnically diverse college classrooms. She has a particular interest in the learning and development that first-generation African American and Latino students may experience during their undergraduate years. She also focuses on the culturally relevant teaching practices that support the learning of racially and ethnically diverse students.
Dr. Castillo-Montoya has published in Teaching in Higher Education, Harvard Educational Review, Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, and Academic Leadership. Prior to joining the Neag faculty, she served as an instructor of research methods in education for Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Castillo-Montoya has 15 years experience in various areas of higher education including higher education policy, academic affairs, and student affairs. She began her career as a educational fund program advisor (a program for first-generation low-income college students) and later worked as assistant director and manager of student life at Columbia Business School. Dr. Castillo-Montoya holds a B.A. and M.S.W. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and an Ed.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.