Position: Director of Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Initiatives

Tito has spent his professional career engaged in social justice as an educator, facilitator, researcher, counselor, organizer, youth development professional, consultant, and nonprofit director. A qualitative sociologist by training, his research interests converge on the intersections between critical race theory, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy.

Tito is the Director of Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Initiatives at CRJE. In this role, he helps to shape CRJE’s research agenda and supports the ideation of curriculum and new programming. He leads CRJE’s evaluation and assessment initiatives and works to enhance relationships and ongoing collaboration with external partners. Tito oversees the Racial Justice in Schools Initiative, a year-long cohort program for schools comprised of ongoing training, assessment, and coaching. 

Tito brings over 15 years of experience facilitating organizational and strategic development with educational institutions and community-based and movement organizations. He has trained educators, youth, and organizers in racial justice, gender and sexuality, systems change processes, emergent strategy, masculinities and patriarchy, and restorative/transformative justice practices. In addition to being a trainer with CRJE, he has facilitated with The Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, The Research Foundation of the City University of New York, The Human Root, PAN LTD, The Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and The Interaction Institute for Social Change, among many others.

As an instructor at the Hunter College Graduate School of Education, Tito holds space for students studying to be public school teachers and counselors, to engage with anti-bias and culturally sustaining pedagogy for social justice. Tito has also taught at Lehman College, The University of Chicago, The Erikson Institute, Tufts University, and Brandeis University. Tito is a published writer, whose work has been included in peer-reviewed journals and in social science book chapters. He has also served as a reviewer for the American Journal of Sociology. Tito has presented his research at conferences across the country, as well as internationally.

Prior to joining CRJE in 2015, Tito served as the Restorative Justice Coordinator for Make the Road New York, where he founded the Young Men’s Leadership Circle and worked collaboratively with students and teachers to institute restorative approaches to school culture and discipline across four public high schools. Tito was previously the Youth Development Coordinator at The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, where he coordinated social and emotional support services for high school students, and designed and facilitated curriculum focused on leadership development and anti-oppression. Before that, Tito served as the program and curriculum coordinator for The International Youth Leadership Institute, an organization that provides opportunities for high school students to develop activism, advocacy, and leadership skills through youth workshops and international travel and study throughout Africa and Latin America. 

Tito holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago, and a Masters of Philosophy from Brandeis University. As a sociology Ph.D candidate at Brandeis, Tito’s research examined punitive school discipline policies in New York City and their impact on the racial identity development of high school students of color. Tito is a Mellon Mays Fellow, an Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) Alumnus, and certified restorative justice practitioner with The International Institute of Restorative Practices.

Tito is a Bronx native, proud Boricua, and a diehard New York Knicks fan. He is most happy at the beach, loves 90’s R&B, and enjoys platanos in all their forms. He likes spending time with his dog Kiko, DJ-ing, watching movies, and tinkering with gadgets.

You can connect with Tito at: [email protected]