Mark Rivera is a passionate and dedicated educator who has worked in a variety of academic contexts. After earning his B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, Mark served in the Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer in Morocco, where he taught EFL classes and led female youth empowerment programs. Upon returning to the States, Mark served as a fellow in the Community Scholars Program at Georgetown University, teaching critical writing to incoming first-generation college students. At the same time he taught English for the Institute of College Preparation and had the pleasure of working with inner-city students from District of Columbia Public Schools. After earning an M.A. in English from Georgetown, Mark served as an Academic Advisor at the University of the District of Columbia as well as Interim Director of the Academic Support Center. Currently, Mark is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research is focused on community engagement and its financial impact on higher education institutions.