Devon Graves is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Kinesiology, & Social Work at California State University, Stanislaus. Devon serves in the Department of Advanced Studies in Education where he teaches in the educational leadership doctoral program. He teaches courses in the community college studies specialization and advises doctoral students through the dissertation process. Prior to joining Stan State, Devon served as a Research Fellow at the Success Center for the California Community Colleges. His research focuses on community colleges, financial aid, and race and racism.
In addition to his research, Devon has served on two of California’s higher education governing boards. From 2013-17 he served as a gubernatorial appointee on the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency that administers $2 billion in state financial aid programs. In this role Devon chaired the commissions’ Student Impact committee, which had direct oversight of the Cal Grant, Dream Act, and Middle Class Scholarship programs. In 2017, Devon was appointed the 44th Student Regent on the University of California Board of Regents. As a regent, Devon served as chair of the Regents’ Special committee on Basic Needs and vice chair of the Regents’ Public Engagement and Development committee.
Devon is a proud product of California’s public higher education system. He received his B.A. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA.