Samuel Escalante serves as Project Coordinator. Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, his professional
background is in education and social justice research. Prior to Converge, Samuel taught courses to
current and future educators at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During his time in academia,
Samuel conducted and published sociological studies on the topic of race and was a frequent guest
lecturer and presenter on the topics of access, intersectionality, race, and cultural responsiveness in
Samuel was also a middle school and high school music director in Texas for several years, leading both
concert bands and guitar ensembles. He earned his Ph.D. and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of
North Texas and his Master’s degree from the University of Texas.