After transferring from community college, Ulysses attended San Francisco State University, earning a B.A. in Latina/o Studies and an M.A. in Ethnic Studies. Informed by his own experience as the first person in his family to attend college, the focus of his research has been the role of identity-based student group participation on retention and completion rates for Chicano men at community colleges.
Fall quarter, 2021, Ulysses joined Foothill College as its first full-time faculty in Ethnic Studies. He previously taught at Chabot, Laney, and San Jose City Colleges in Ethnic Studies and Mexican and Latin-American Studies. He has experience teaching traditional face-to-face on-campus classes; both asynchronous and synchronous online classes; and dual-enrollment community college classes taught off-campus, including at middle, high, adult and continuation schools. He also worked in multi-departmental committees on the development of Ethnic Studies curricula and the Ethnic Studies certification program at Chabot College.
Ulysses is deeply passionate about fostering and facilitating student groups. While at Chabot, he worked closely with students to organize four annual Ethnic Studies summits and served on several faculty working groups including the Ethnic Studies Pathways Committee and the Latino Male Retention Committee.
Ulysses sees Ethnic Studies as a vital bridge between higher education and the communities that students are rooted in and he is excited to help grow the Ethnic Studies program at Foothill College.