Biography

Dr. Manuel Alejandro Pérez received his EdD in international and multicultural education from the University of San Francisco. He is one of the original founders and co-director for Grupo Folklórico Los Alteños, a traditional Mexican folklórico company in Sacramento.

With 25 years of experience in traditional danza, Manuel enjoys connecting his research on identity, artful resistance, and radical imagination to social justice spaces of performance. In recent years, he has traveled to various parts of México (e.g., Chiapas, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Yucatan) to learn new repertoire and explore research related to the cultural heritage and legacy of México, its people, and its traditions. Manuel brings his years of experience as a performer, maestro, and scholar in the field to USF. When he’s not dancing, Manuel serves as the Vice President of Student Services at Cañada College in Redwood City.

Appointments
Statewide Delegate, Asociación Nacional de Maestros de Danza Popular Mexicana
National Advisory Council Member, National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE)
Board Member, SF Pride
Education
University of San Francisco, EdD in International & Multicultural Education, 2017
San Diego State University, MA in Communication Studies, 2006
Santa Clara University, BA in Communication Studies/Ethnic Studies, 2004
Experience
Vice President of Student Services, Cañada College
Co-Artistic Director, Grupo Folklórico Los Alteños
Interim Assistant Vice President for Equity & Community Inclusion, San Francisco State University
Dean of Equity Programs & Pathways, American River College
Assistant Director, UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
Expertise
Traditional Mexican Folklórico
Queer People of Color
Community Organizing
Research
Testimonio & Latinx Critical Race Theory
Social Justice Cultural Performance
Identity Development & Community Engagement
Selected Publications

Pérez, M. A. (2019). Testimonio as a queer puente for healing. In L. H. Hernandez & R. Gutierrez-Perez (Eds.), This bridge we call communication: Anzaldúan approaches to theory, method, and praxis. Lexington Books.

Fuentes, E. H., & Pérez, M. A. (2016). Our stories are our sanctuary: Testimonio as a sacred space of belonging. Association of Mexican American educators journal, 10 (2), 6-13.

Pérez, M. A. (2016). Receta del testimonio mole: A value-rich recipe for folklórico resilience testimonio. Association of Mexican American educators journal, 10 (2), 33-48.

Fuentes, E. H., & Pérez, M. A. (Eds.). (2016). Testimonio as radical story-telling and creative resistance. Association of Mexican American educators journal, 10 (2).

Awards & Distinctions

UndocuAlly (staff) of the Year, San Francisco State University, 2019