Luna works in MDRC’s Postsecondary Education Policy Area. He analyzes data on MoCCA, a project to evaluate and refine a program focused improving the success rates of male students of color in college, using a randomized control trial study. He is also working on Evidence to Action, a project focused on understanding how states use rigorous research to inform higher education decision-making. Prior to joining MDRC in 2020, Luna worked as a research assistant with various organizations including Urban Institute, Public Impact, and Duke University’s Bass Connections teams. He also volunteered as a tutor in Durham, North Carolina. Luna graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy.
ProjectsAlexander Mayer, Michelle Ware, Frieda Molina, Hannah Dalporto, Andrea Vasquez, Susan Scrivener, John Diamond, Dorota Biedzio Rizik, Rashida Welbeck, Sophia Sutcliffe, Clinton Key, Melissa Boynton, Austin Slaughter, Erick Alonzo, Kalito Luna, Xavier Alemañy, Melissa West, Sumner Perera
Income share agreements ( ISA s) are designed to help students pay for and attend postsecondary education and career training programs. With an ISA , students receive financial support to help cover the cost of their education and, in return, agree to pay a fixed percentage of their future income over a predetermined time period. ISA s are gaining popularity as an...
Over the past two decades, a growing body of research has increased knowledge about what works to help students succeed in college and earn a degree. MDRC and other researchers have built evidence around programs, practices, and policies designed to support students in financial aid, developmental education, comprehensive student support programs, and other areas....
Men of color bring a variety of strengths and assets to their college experience. However, research to date indicates that three primary hurdles inhibit college completion for many male students of color:
Inadequate social, emotional, and campus support
Insufficient college preparation and academic achievement
Nonacademic barriers to persistence...