Dr. David J. León

Dr. David J. León

Professor and Chair

Founding Director

Dr. León is Chair and Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento. He is former Director of Chicano Studies and Founding Director of the Serna Center.

He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, his M.A. in sociology from the University of California, Riverside, his B.A. in sociology from California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. León is the editor of two recently published books, Lessons in Leadership: Executive Leadership Programs for Advancing Diversity in Higher Education (2005) and Latinos in Higher Education (2003), both published by Elsevier. He is currently editing a book for the University of Hawaii Press entitled Latinos in Hawaii.

In 2003-2004, Dr. León was awarded a year long MSI-HACU Kellogg Administrative Fellowship, where he advanced and benefited from discussions on diversity, strategic planning, development, theory, and communication. In addition, Dr. León visited minority campuses (Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities) across the nation and had insightful, wide-ranging conversations with senior level administrators on the details of university leadership.

Previous teaching assignments include UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the University of Hawaii. Dr. León created and co-directs the Institute for Latino/a Higher Education Leadership for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Now in the fifth year, the institute offers one-and two-day programs to prepare Latino staff and faculty to climb the administrative ladder in higher education.

Dr. León has served as a consultant for colleges and universities seeking to improve the diversity of their students, faculty and staff. He also served as a diversity consultant for McDonald’s and Mansanto.