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About Taryn Ozuna Allen

Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington). She teaches Diversity and Equity as well as student affairs courses in the master’s program and a leadership and organizational theory course in the K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy studies doctoral program. Dr. Allen is also affiliated with the Center for Mexican American Studies (UT Arlington), Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (University of Pennsylvania), and Project MALES (UT Austin).
Dr. Allen’s research interests focus on the educational experiences of Latino students as they access, transition, and enroll in Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), particularly Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Her dissertation examined the first-year experiences and perceptions of sense of belonging among Mexican American students enrolled in a Historically Black University in Texas. She has conducted research on Latino students’ college choice, college transitions, and validation experiences in HBCUs. Her research on Latinos enrolled in HBCUs has been featured in online blogs, editorials, as well as the Chronicle of Higher Education.
In 2011, Dr. Allen received a graduate fellowship from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. Dr. Allen was selected to participate in the Graduate Student Policy Seminar through the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2011) and Division J Emerging Scholars Workshop with the American Educational Research Association (2011). Most recently, she was selected as a fellow for ELEVATE at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. This was a three-day program for early-career career faculty at MSIs.
She earned her doctorate in higher education administration, with a concentration in Mexican American Studies, from the University of Texas at Austin (2012). She received her Masters degree in Student Affairs Administration (2005) and Bachelors degree in General Family and Consumer Sciences (2003) from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


Present Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Texas at Arlington
Present Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

Research Interests

College Access and Transitions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Latino college students, and STEM

Honors and Awards

  • Center Affiliate, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions
  • Faculty Affiliate, Project MALES, University of Texas at Austin
  • Faculty Research Associate, Center for Mexican American Studies, UT Arlington
  • Research Fellow, Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab, UT Arlington
  • Faculty Fellow, ELEVATE Program, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions
  • Selected Participant, Early Career Faculty Teaching Workshop, ASHE
  • Selected Participant, Graduate Student Policy Seminar, ASHE
  • Selected Participant, DIvision J Emerging Scholars Workshops, AERA
  • Selected Participant, Inter-University Program for Latino Research, Working Group on Higher Education
  • Rising Star Award for Outstanding New Professional, Division of Student Life, Baylor University


  • Organizational and Leadership Theory Research
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Diversity and Equity in Education
  • Higher Education Trends and Issues
  • American College Student
  • Education Policy Issues in Public Schools

College Access and Transitions (2)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2)

STEM (3)