Headshot portrait of Cecilia Suarez, assistant professor of leadership


Dr. Cecilia "CC" Suarez

121F Bryant Hall
PO Box 112060
Gainesville, FL 32611

  • Ph.D. Education Policy, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. Education, Miami University
  • B.S. Biology, University of Miami
Research Areas
  • Culturally relevant leadership development practices for college students
  • Engagement of communities with one another
Courses Taught
  • AEC 3073: Intercultural Communication
  • AEC 4465: Global Leadership
  • AEC 4932/6932: Food, Community and Justice
Organizational Membership
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Leadership Association (ILA)
  • American Association for Agriculture Education (AAAE) (SAAS)
  • National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)

Dr. Cecilia "CC" Suarez

Assistant Professor

Dr. Cecilia “CC” Suarez is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC). She also serves as a faculty affiliate of the Center for Latin American Studies, the Education Policy Research Center, and is the Director of the Women’s Mentoring and Advocacy Program (WeMAP) for AEC.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Suarez completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami in Florida, studying biology. She then earned her master’s degree in education from the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Suarez obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she studied education policy and social and cultural foundations of education.

Suarez currently focuses her research on culturally relevant leadership development practices for students in college, as well as how history, culture, and societal context impact the ways in which communities engage with each other.  


Recent Publications

Suarez, C. E. & Berry, I. M. (2018). Hired On, Not Hired In: Early Career Scholars Experiences with Race in Education. In Dixson, A. D, Ladson-Billings, G. Suarez, C.E. (Eds.), Handbook of critical race theory in education, 2nd Education. New York: Routledge. (in press).

Collins, J. D., Suarez, C. E., Beatty, C. C., & Rosch, D. M. (2017). Fostering Leadership Capacity among Black Male Achievers: Findings from an Identity-Based Leadership Immersion Program. Journal of Leadership Education, 16(3): 82-96.

Thieman, E., Rosch, D., & Suarez, C.E. (2016). Consideration of Agricultural Education as a Career: A Statewide Examination by High School Class Year of Predicting Factors, Journal of Agricultural Education.


Superior Accomplishment Award. Presented by the University of Florida's College of AGricultural and Life Science in the category of "Diversity and Inclusion," 2018.

Women of Color Leadership Program Scholar.  National Women's Studies Association, 2017-2018.