Desiree D Zerquera

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4535 School of Education 304E


Desiree Zerquera is an Assistant Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Leadership Studies. Born and raised in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents, she pursued her bachelor's degree in Mathematics and master's degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Florida before attending Indiana University to pursue her PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Desiree Zerquera has worked as a researcher, student affairs practitioner, and higher education administrator. Her research focuses on how inequalities structure the experiences of underrepresented students in accessing and succeeding in higher education, with expertise in the areas of organizational theory, public policy, financial aid, research methodology, and Latino student experiences.

Senior Research Associate, Division of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness, Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Visiting Assistant Director for Research, Project on Academic Success (PAS), Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Acting Director, Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
PhD, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington
Organizational theory
Public policy
Financial aid
Research methodology
Latino student experiences

Zerquera, D., Ziskin, M., & Torres, V. Faculty views of non-traditional students: Aligning perspectives for academic success. Journal of College Student Retention (Accepted for publication)

Acevedo-Gil, N. & Zerquera, D. (in press). Community college first-year experience programs: A critical understanding of student access, experience, and success. In G. Crisp and D. Hatch (Eds.), Special Issue: Promising and High-Impact Practices: Student Success Programs in the Community College Context, New Directions in Community Colleges.

Zerquera, D., Aldana, U., Thomas, C., Fuentes, E., & Katz, S. (2016). Reimagining doctoral education: Mission realignment for enacting social justice. In A.L. Ellis (Ed.), Ed.D. Programs as Incubators for Social Justice Leadership. Sense Publishers.

Zerquera, D., McGowan, B.L., & Ferguson, T. Yes, no, maybe so: College students’ attitudes regarding debt. Journal of College Student Development (Accepted for publication)

Zerquera, D. & Gross, J.P.K. Context matters: A critical consideration of Latino student success outcomes within different institutional contexts. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education (Accepted for publication)

Berumen, J., Zerquera, D., & Smith, J. (2015). More than access: The transitional experiences of underrepresented students in a statewide access program. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 45(1).

Gross, J., Zerquera, D., Berry, M.S., & Inge, B. (2014). Latino associate degree completion: Effects of financial aid over time. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 13(3), 177-190.

Gross, J., Torres, V., & Zerquera, D. (2013). Financial aid and attainment among students in a state with changing demographics. Research in Higher Education, 54(4), 383-406.

Ziskin, M., Lucido, J., Zerquera, D., Chung, E., Torres, V., Cuellar, M., and Hossler, D. (2012, October). Securing the future: Retention models in community college (Study of Community College Structures for Student Success, SCCSSS). Reston, VA: The College Board.

Torres, V., & Zerquera, D. (2012). Hispanic serving institutions: Patterns, predictions, and implications for informing policy discussions. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 11(3), 259-278.

Hossler, D., Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Chen, J., Zerquera, D., Ziskin, M., & Torres, V. (2012, July). Student mobility from two-year to four-year institutions. Washington, DC: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Hossler, D., Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Ziskin, M., Chen, J., Zerquera, D., & Torres, V. (2012, March). Transfer and mobility: A national view of pre-degree student movement in postsecondary institutions. Washington, DC: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Dadashova, A., Hossler, D., Shapiro, D., Chen, J., Martin, S., Torres, V., Zerquera, D., & Ziskin, M. (2011, November). National postsecondary enrollment trends: Before, during, and after the great recession. Washington, DC: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. (author order listed alphabetically)

Palmer, J., & Zerquera, D. (2009, August). Academic continuity plan: Crisis management preparedness for the academic core functions of Indiana University. Bloomington, IN: Report to the Office of the Vice President for Planning and Policy.