Esmeralda SanchezÂ Salazar is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Rice. She serves as a doctoral research assistant with the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) and a graduate fellow with the Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP). Her primary research explores the intersection of religion and education among Latino evangelicals and postsecondary outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities. She previously served as deputy director of the Faith and Education Coalition for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), one of the nationâ€™s largest Hispanic evangelical organizations, where she led national, state, and local initiatives promoting civic engagement among faith communities on issues of educational equity. She has a masterâ€™s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelorâ€™s from Southern Methodist University.