Olivia Munoz

Olivia Munoz

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Olivia Muñoz is an interdisciplinary student affairs professional with more than a decade of experience in student affairs and social justice education. Her experience includes student activism development, support for undocumented students, first-generation scholars, and community art projects. She has also presented nationally on the use of testimonio as an educational research methodology, art activism, and Latinas in student affairs.

Dr. Muñoz is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute, has done two voyages of Semester at Sea, and was selected nationally for the Millennial Leadership Project at Union Theological Seminary to study the intersection of spirituality and social justice. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Dr. Muñoz was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, and now calls Oakland, California, home.


  • B.A., Central Michigan University
  • MFA, Fresno State
  • Ed.D, University of San Francisco

Awards & Distinctions

  • Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Student Affairs - May 2017 Division of Student Life (Mills College)

  • Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award - May 2016 Department of Equity and Community Outreach (University of San Francisco)

Selected Publications

  • Muñoz, O. (2019) "Isabel" & "Church" (poems). In C. S. Ferreira, K. Sousa, & M. Carreira (Eds.), No Tender Fences: An Anthology of Immigrant & First-Generation American Poetry to Benefit RAICES-TEXAS.

  • Muñoz, O. (2017). Papelitos: The visual testimonios of undocumented college students. University of San Francisco Doctoral Dissertations, 415. Retrieved from: https://repository.usfca.edu/diss/415

  • Muñoz, O. (2016). “Viento” (poem). In E. H. Fuentes & M. A. Perez (Eds.), Testimonio as radical story-telling and creative resistance. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 10(2), 107. 

  • Muñoz, O. (2015). A face and a name. The JASPA Blog, Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.