Commencement speaker

Dr. Enrique G. Murillo, Jr. 

Professor, California State University, San Bernardino

Nationally recognized and innovative educator Dr. Enrique G. Murillo, Jr. believes education is a right, not a privilege—the civil rights issue of our generation. 

A professor at California State University, San Bernardino, Murillo currently serves as executive director and founder of the Latino Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD) organization in CSUSB College of Education. Since 2010, LEAD has hosted an annual conference aimed at promoting broad-based awareness of the crisis in Latino education and enhancing the intellectual, cultural and personal development of the community’s educators.

Murillo is committed to improving education for Latino children, understanding that a better education and ultimate success for Latinos also benefits the economy.

“The competitive strength of the U.S. in a global economy depends, and will continue to depend to a large extent, on the positive educational outcomes of Latino students at all levels,” he said.

In 2014, Murillo was honored for his work and awarded the prestigious “Ohtli” award, presented by the Mexican government to individuals who demonstrate exceptional work to help empower Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the United States. Mexican Consul Carolina Zaragoza told the media that Murillo has opened the way for many young Latinos in the Inland Empire to have the opportunity to succeed, and that his own educational accomplishments are examples of hard work and dedication to Mexicans and Mexican-Americans pursuing higher education.

Among other awards and commendations he has received, Murillo was presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Murillo serves as the executive director of the Southern California Consortium of Hispanic-Serving Institutions and was formerly California Student Aid Commissioner.

Murillo earned his Ph.D. in social foundations of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his master’s degree in education foundations at California State University, Los Angeles School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCLA.